So excited to be able to share WAND, my first short film (well, the first one I did more than just write …).
My friends and I shot, edited, and scored WAND in ten days for the annual Lights! Canberra! Action! film making festival earlier this month. We didn’t make the final, but had a blast putting it together.
Big thanks to the stars Helen Way, Arne Sjostedt, Rachel Hogan and Peter Fock for bringing my vision to life. Incidentally, this was Helen’s first time acting in a film, and she absolutely nailed it!
Special thanks to Philip Meddows for his awesome work behind the camera. Although he is credited as cinematographer and co-editor, he was also very much my co-director. Without his experience, technical skills, and advice, there’s no way I could have put this thing together.
Big shout out also to Simon and everybody at Beyond Q for letting us shoot in their store. It was a great location, and we’re so grateful they let us play in their space.
Overall this was a huge learning experience for me. It takes a village to make a film, even one as simple as WAND. As someone who usually writes in isolation, it was a treat to be able to collaborate and learn from such an enthusiastic, friendly, and creative crew. Can’t wait to get cracking on the next one!
The best thing about writing short plays is that they can pop up in all sorts of places, so I was delighted that Ally Cat Productions asked me to contribute to L’amour et la mort – Love and death in a French Restaurant.
L’amour et la mort will take place at Le Tres Bon, the Canberra region’s most celebrated French restaurant, on October 14 and 21 from 7pm. It will feature a degustation menu of monologues, short plays and songs about brief, ironic but life-changing encounters in restaurants, cafes and bars.
Two of my short plays, Last Drinks and Limbo, will be on show, as well as a number of short monologues written by fellow Canberra writer/actor/producer, Judith Peterson. Rounding out the show will be the musical talents of Frank Zappia.
The plays will be performed by some of Canberra’s finest actors including Nick Steain, Helen Way, Peter Fock, and Judith Peterson. The evening will be directed by Rachel Hogan.
Tickets are $85 per person and include a three course dinner and the show. For more information, or to book, go to the Le Tres Bon website.
Fresh from a terrific run at Best of Crash Test last month, my short play Last Drinks will be doing an encore performance as part of At the Gates, a variety show taking place at Smith’s Alternative on 9 July 2016.
At the Gates will showcase a slew of Canberra talent including performance poets, theatre folk and musicians. Performers include Rob Defries, Helen Way, Phillip Meddows, Cara Irvine, John Lombard, Ghost Noises, Barbi Jones, Dylan Hekimian, The Faumuis, and Katherine Berry. The event has been organised and will be hosted by the wonderful Brendan Kelly.
Apart from being a great excuse to indulge in some creativity, At the Gates also aims to raise funds and awareness for the plight of refugees around the world. All proceeds will be donated to Amnesty International.
Last Drinks was my first Crash Test play back in 2012. Since then it has become one of my most performed pieces with almost a dozen productions throughout Australia and abroad. In 2013 it won People’s Choice at Short+Sweet Canberra and was a Gala Finalist in Short+Sweet Auckland. Recently it was part of the inaugural Shorts on Stage ten-minute play festival at Noosa Arts Theatre.
Apart from the buzz of getting to see Last Drinks live again, I’m excited that this version will feature the talents of Rob Defries and Helen Way. Rob and Helen were the first actors to take Last Drinks into the Crash Test arena, and I’ve been itching to get them back in the roles. Added to this, the awesome Phillip Meddows will be directing! What more could a playwright ask for?
Best of Crash Test is a celebration of Crash Test Drama Canberra, a moved reading event aimed at developing original work and fostering creative collaboration. Since kicking off in 2012, Crash Test has played a key role in the emergence of a dynamic, energetic and inclusive ten-minute play scene in the ACT. A number of writers, actors and directors that have taken part of Crash Test Drama Canberra have gone on to enjoy success in ten-minute play festivals and competitions worldwide.
The full line up for Best of Crash Test is:
“My Undies are Evil” written and directed by John Lombard
“A Dog’s Life” written and directed by Angus Algie
“Sprung” by Nigel Palfreman, directed by Kirsty Budding
“Cupid’s Waiting” by Kate Roediger, directed by Rob Defries
“Cuts” by Mary Langdon, directed by Marcus Freeman
“Wardrobe Diplomacy” by Harriet Elvin, directed by Amanda Gillespie
“Money Rats” by Kirsty Budding, directed by C.S. Carroll
“Last Drinks” by Greg Gould, directed by Philip Meddows
The plays range in subject and style, from outlandish comedy to subtle political satire. All look to be a lot of fun.
The Best of Crash test kicks off at 7pm on 25 & 26 of June at the Courtyard Theater. Tickets are on sale via Canberra Theatre. The show is produced by the ever-enterprising Budding Theatre.
Note: this show is not suitable for children. There will be bad words. And sexy words. But mainly bad words.