Films

Spear

Synopsis: Using gesture and dance, with minimal dialogue, SPEAR follows a young Aboriginal man named Djali (Hunter Page-Lochard) from the outback to the streets of Sydney on his quest to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world.

Writ:  Stephen Page Dir:  Stephen Page & Justin Monjo Prod. John Harvey

Executive Producers:  Robert Connolly & Liz Kearney

Year of Prod / running time:  2015 / 84mins

Australian Distributor:  CinemaPlus

International Sales:  Level K https://www.levelk.dk/

Film Website:   https://www.spear-film.com.au/

Festivals:  Toronto International Film Festival; Adelaide Film Festival; Special Mention – Asia Pacific Screen Awards – UNESCO Award; Sydney Arts Festival; Perth International Arts Festival; MONA FOMA; Human Rights Arts & Film Festival.

Sand (chapter of feature film The Turning)

Synopsis:  On a fishing trip at the beach, brothers Frank and Max are playing in the sand dunes. Sibling rivalry turns nasty when Max plays a dangerous trick on his brother.

Writ: Justin Monjo Dir: Stephen Page Prod: John Harvey

Executive Producers:  Robert Connolly & Maggie Miles

Film Website:  http://www.theturningmovie.com.au/

Australian Distributor:  Madman Entertainnment

Year of  Prod / Running time:  2013 / 108mins

Man Real

Synopsis:  Recently released prisoner Carp, is initiating his childhood friend with a back yard tattoo.  His beer soaked stories grow darker as he tells his friend what it means to be a man.

Writ & Dir: Tracey Rigney Prod:  John Harvey

Year of Prod / Running time:  2015 / 10mins

Festivals:  Sydney Film Festival;  Melbourne International Film Festival; ImagineNative Film & Arts Festival;  Flickerfest Film Festival; WOW Film Festival; St Kilda Film Festival

You Turn  

Synopsis:  After a bungled robbery, James is on the run from the law with nothing but the open road ahead of him.  Thinking he is in the clear he tries to relax and drive, until he realises he has unexpected passengers on board.  James has only one chance to turn his life around.  Will he take it?

Writ & Dir: Ryan Griffen Prod:  John Harvey

Year of Prod / Running time:  2015 / 10mins

Festivals:  Sydney Film Festival (Special Mention for Best Director);  St Kilda Film Festival; Flickerfest Film Festival

Under Skin, In Blood

Synopsis:  Inspired by real events experienced by Aboriginal workers in the 1970s at the Baryulgil asbestos mine in New South Wales, a woman recalls happier times before her life was ruined by something nobody could see.

Writ & Dir: Larissa Behrendt Prod: John Harvey

Year of Prod / Running time:  2015 / 12mins

Festivals:  Sydney Film Festival; Melbourne International Film Festival; ImagineNative Film & Arts Festival;  Flickerfest Film Festival; WOW Film Festival; St Kilda Film Festival; Canberra International Film Festival; Workers Unite Film Festival;  Environmental Film Festival Australia.

 

The Hunter

Synopsis:   An Aboriginal hunter and his true love journey through sacred lands on a quest that finds them up against an ancient creature.

Writ : Cameron Costello  Dir: Margaret Harvey Prod: John Harvey

Year of prod / running time: 2012 / 11mins

Broadcaster:  ABC TV

Festivals:  Melbourne International Film Festival;  WOW Film Festival, Sydney; Wairoa Maori Film Festival, NZ.

Photography by James Henry & Steven Rhall

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The Oysterman

Synopsis:  A young Indigenous oyster farmer meets a mysterious young woman when the circus comes to town and must decide whether he will follow in his family footsteps, or love.

Writ & Dir: Romaine Moreton  Prod: Romaine Moreton

Year of prod / running time:  2012 / 14mins

Broadcaster:  ABC TV

Festivals:  Melbourne International Film Festival;  WOW Film Festival, Sydney;  Wairoa Maori Film Festival, NZ.

Photography by Heidrun Lohr

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The Chuck In

Synopsis:  24  Beers, 3 Boys and 1 Flawless Plan

Writ / Dir:  Jon Bell Prod:  Ryan Griffen

Year of prod / running time:  2012 / 11mins

Broadcaster:  ABC TV

Festivals:  Sydney International Film Festival

Photography by Rachel Kara

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The Farm

Synopsis: A young Indigenous girl longs to know the people who came before her, prompting landscape imbued with mystery and treasure, urging her mother confront her own beliefs when faced with living histories woven throughout the countryside.

Writ / Dir:  Romaine Moreton  Prod:  John Harvey

Year of prod / running time:  2009 / 10mins

Broadcaster:  ABC TV

Awards:  Best Short Film, 2009 Chashama Film Festival, New York

Festivals:  2009 Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival (Aust);  2009 Flickerfest Film Festival (Aust) ; 2009 Cornwall Film Festival (UK); 2009 Southern Appalachian International Film Festival (USA);  2010 All Roads Film Festival, Washington (USA);  Chashama Film Festival, NY (USA); Wairoa Maori Film Festival (Aotearoa, NZ)

Photography by Mark Rogers

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