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Short film grant for Perth adman

PERTH copywriter Brendon Guthrie and Soul Films have been awarded Screenwest and Australian Film Commission funding to produce a 28-minute short film.

Wait til Your Father Gets Home is one of three films chosen from 86 national entries to receive AFC funding for production in 2001.

The film was awarded $60,000 from Screenwest through Filmex, an initiative to encourage passport projects from emerging young film makers.

Soul Films then approached the AFC to further fund the substantial production costs.

Wait til Your Father Gets Home is a black comedy based around a boy living in rural Australia who is struggling to come to terms with the death of his father.

The story idea for Mr Guthrie’s first screenplay came from an unusual incident report written up in a copy of the Australian Police Journal.

“I only decided to write the screenplay after a casual conversation with Martin Wilson following a pre-production meeting at Marketforce,” Mr Guthrie said.

For Soul Films director Martin Wilson and producer Angie Smith, the successful funding of this short film is an enviable achievement.

“If you work as a copywriter all day you don’t want to write after work...it was gratifying for me just to be well received and to know I can still do it,” Mr Guthrie said.

Mr Wilson has directed one other short film.

This was I Promise, a self-funded screenplay written by Adrian Mulraney.

I Promise was a finalist in the New York Film Festival and was awarded best emerging director, best director and best male actor in the WA Screen awards

“A short-film production in WA has positive repercussions throughout the industry,” Ms Smith said.

“It creates work for local suppliers in the film industry, and it buoys the profile and confidence of the WA industry.

“This project should give the local industry the confidence to pursue funding for other film projects.”

For Perth cinematographer Torstein Dyrting, this project will be his debut as director of photography for a short film.

Two short films produced with funding from Filmex are showing at this year’s Perth International Arts Festival Film season.

They are In A Flash directed by Justin Cheek and director Glen Eaves’ Speak to Me of Love.

Wait til Your Father Gets Home will be shot on 35mm film and production is expected to begin in March.

Where possible the post production for the film will be contracted to WA businesses.

Mr Guthrie and Soul Films will enter the short film in the American Sundance Film Festival and Australian Film Institute Film Festival.

“This is what you call a stepping stone to the future, maybe the AFC can give us funding for a feature film next,” Ms Smith said.

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