2017 MELBOURNE FRINGE // SideKicked

Behind every 'great' hero in history and culture is a less glorified chum who stuck by them through think and thin - against all better judgement. 

I will be joining other writers from the western suburbs putting new spin on old tales in a one-night only storytelling bonanza for this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival.

WHEN: Thursday, 21 September, 7 pm (Doors open at 6.30 pm)
VENUE: FCAC Performance Space
COST: $16 Full / $10 Concession / $7 Group Tickets
BOOK NOW: https://www.melbournefringe.com.au/event/sidekicked 
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1969625413256414/

Amal Ibrahim
CB Mako
Sumudu Samarawickrama
Christina Taylor
Achut Thuc
Nikki Tran

Sumudu Samarawickrama
Christina Taylor
Nikki Tran

Improvised Lunch

Dipping into the world of improv, one of FRESH!'s directors, Amie Batalibasi, has been inspired by Duplass brothers' mumblecore films (Hannah Takes the Stairs, Drinking Buddies) and is setting out to explore her own way of storytelling within the confines of limited resources (ie money). It was lovely working with Amie on FRESH! and we're both interested in ways to avoid the over-emphasis on technical production values in film to focus on telling a great story with available equipment, crew and resources, so when she asked if I'd come along for the ride as producer, I jumped. 

The first of her three film ideas, LUNCH, is a short one-day shoot - an 'exercise' to get a feel for how this improvised nature of filmmaking would work, in writing, performance, directing and technical coverage of the scene. We had a small crew of five and invited both actors and improv artists to be part of it. 

Although the intention was to improvise, we found character development, overall story structure and blocking does require a fair amount of prep and planning in order for the film to succeed. We'll be applying this learning to a more involved three-day shoot coming up.

That's a wrap on FRESH!

The sky opened up and started pouring rain on the two days we shot our final episode of FRESH! which made it perfectly miserable for the story and setting, and equally so for the cast and crew. He's a commemorative photo to mark the occasion. Notice the sexy windswept hair and hunched shoulders look.

Thanks to all the generous and talented people involved - and Preston and Footscray Markets for letting us takeover the place - this series is rolling on into post-production!

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Photo by Rhys Sherring