Magnolia Pictures, eOne Films, LevelK & See Pictures
In Association with
Screen Australia, Night Kitchen Productions, Red Apple, Spectrum Films with Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology & Ticket to Ride Productions
Presents A MAGNOLIA PICTURES RELEASE THE LITTLE DEATH A film by Josh Lawson
2015 SXSW Film Festival – Audience Award “Narrative Spotlight”
2014 Toronto International Film Festival
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THE LITTLE DEATH
1English translation for the French phrase ‘La Petite Mort’ - an idiom and euphemism for orgasm.
THE LITTLE DEATH, which marks the arrival of Australian writer-director Josh Lawson, is both an edgy sex comedy and a warm-hearted depiction of the secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney. Lawson's searing and sometimes shocking screenplay weaves together a story that explores a range of sexual fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them. Featuring an ensemble of breakthrough talent, the film was produced by Jamie Hilton, Michael Petroni and Matt Reeder; and executive produced by Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu and Stephen Boyle.
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT – JOSH LAWSON
I originally started writing The Little Death six and a half years ago whilst working in Los Angeles. During this time and along the way, I was lucky enough to meet similar creatives who came to love the story and it’s subtle undertones, as much as I did. This shared passion and collaboration for the project got us to where we are today. Whilst the majority of the script is fiction, I found that as I learnt particular life lessons, the script itself developed and grew. Sometimes this would even happen on the day the scene was to be shot. Looking back I found it hard to remove myself wholly from a fictional circumstance. I think you’re always drawing on personal experiences.
The revisited themes explored throughout The Little Death are morals, normality, monogamy, relationships, love, deceit – all tied up with one sexy red bow. The story hopefully suggests that perhaps we shouldn’t take sex so seriously. It’s part of everyday life. It’s a normal function of the human body, and for that reason I don’t necessarily think there is any risqué material in the story – subject to what others may believe.
Sex is a beautiful thing that can also be very dangerous. It can be romantic, it can be a lot of different things, but it can also be funny. That’s what’s great about The Little Death is that sometimes it does take sex to a silly, funny place but other times I think it takes it very seriously. Sex can be sad too, not having it or lying to the person you have it with. Sex is a very complicated thing - it conjures emotions that no other activity can - and I think to put it in one box would be to misunderstand sex altogether.
The Little Death is a comment on today’s society and a challenge to the idea of normality. ‘I think that modern society, especially thanks to the internet, has allowed people to come out of their shell more as a form of expression (even if its anonymously and in private). The internet gives people a forum to explore their sexuality more. It’s a good thing.’
Sexuality is ever changing and is a reflection of the society surrounding it. To be sexually satisfied now as opposed to 100 years ago – it takes a lot more effort and determination due to the limitless exposure we are subject to today. It is ever-changing and nothing’s normal anymore. To be normal might be abnormal these days. You’re like to be the odd one out, if you’re normal.
The casting process was a difficult one because I really wanted the audience to be able to relate to the characters – as if Paul was either you or your husband or the guy next door – not me. For this reason I felt it was important to cast unknowns or actors who could transform themselves. We searched high and low for the right cast who could pull of the long and often intense dialogue driven scenes, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of Nikki Barrett – Casting Agent.
There were lots of challenges being a first time director. I think the ones that stand out for me the most was just juggling those 3 hats of writer, director, actor. Writer really was the fly in the ointment because the script was ever changing, I had to write on the fly and you’d be adding scenes. The script was constantly moving. It was a fluid thing. I’d go home most nights and add changes to the dialogue. It was a collaborative work. I relied heavily on other people’s input for the authenticity of the characters. I was determined to make this a film every personality could relate to.
ABOUT THE CHARACTERS
Paul & Maeve – JOSH LAWSON & BOJANA NOVAKOVIC SEXUAL MASOCHISM:
Sexual gratification from humiliation, pain & suffering Paul and Maeve are a middle class typecast young and attractive, reasonably well off, successful. Content – so it seems, until Maeve works up the courage to reveal she wants something more. She has fantasies of being the victim of a dangerous sexual encounter – of being forced into sex by a stranger. Paul is at first shocked and alarmed until she insists that she only wants to be with him, that she wants Paul to be the one who surprises her, without her knowing and without permission. After an unsuccessful attempt ends with an embarrassing anti-climax, Paul goes to extraordinary lengths to fake the scene in order for Maeve to believe she is a victim of a real sex crime. Fear, danger and ultimately hilarity ensues.
Phil & Maureen – ALAN DUKES & LISA McCUNE SOMNOPHILIA: Sexual arousal from watching a person sleep
Phil and Maureen are in a marriage that has been deteriorating. Phil is a shadow of the man he once was and Maureen has become cold and brusque. Intimacy disappeared long ago. One evening Maureen mistakenly consumes Phil’s sleeping tablets, and in her sleep, whilst she’s still and silent, Phil falls in love again with the woman he once knew. He can talk without being interrupted, she wears what he wants her to wear, he can finally be close to her again. As Phil becomes addicted to this new woman, things begin to get out of control. Maureen uncovers credit card bills for lingerie, finds lipstick stains on his shirt – all the signs of an affair. Will Phil admit to what he’s been doing whilst his wife is unconscious, or is a fabricated affair an easier way out?
Evie & Dan – KATE MULVANY & DAMON HERRIMAN ROLE PLAY FETISHISM:
Sexual arousal by pretending to be someone else Dan and Evie are struggling to find their spark. A sex therapist has suggested they try role-play to help get in touch with their emotions. Evie thinks this is exciting, kinky and it is… until Dan’s alter ego is aroused and as a result he begins to take things a little too seriously. He becomes obsessed, pushing the role-playing game way beyond the bedroom, he begins taking secret acting classes and even starts to film their interactions at home. It soon becomes harder and harder for Evie to trust the man she fell in love with.
Rowena & Richard – KATE BOX & PATRICK BRAMMALL DACRYPHILIA:
Sexual pleasure in seeing someone cry
Rowena and Richard want so desperately to have a child that their love and sex life has dissipated into a passionless routine. When Richard receives some bad news, Rowena is suddenly and unexpectedly aroused by his tears. The sex is reignited and instantly hits news highs for her. And it isn’t long before Rowena finds herself going to extreme lengths to make Richard cry in the hope of maintaining this new found excitement. Full of laughs for the audience, poor Richard’s life starts to seemingly fall apart as Rowena scrambles to keep him from leaving.
Monica & Sam – ERIN JAMES & TJ POWER TELEPHONE SCATALOGIA:
Sexual arousal from making obscene phone calls to strangers Monica works as a translator for the deaf via a video call service. This particular evening Sam (a new customer) calls and asks her to phone a sex hotline for him. Monica wouldn’t normally do it but Sam seems like a nice guy and it’s a slow night. Initial embarrassment leads to extreme awkwardness as Monica is forced to translate ‘how Sam wants it.’ Ultimately the conversation turns warm and an openness that both have been lacking in their lives ensues. This highly original and hilarious storyline could be the beginning of something beautiful.
Steve – KIM GYNGELL
The mysterious Steve (a former sex offender who has recently moved into the area) is the common link throughout the story and has to, by law, introduce himself to his new neighbours. Unfortunately for Steve, he seems to have incredibly bad timing and continually finds himself interrupting uncomfortable moments between the couples.
ABOUT THE CAST BOJANA NOVAKOVIC – Maeve
Bojana has received wide acclaim for her body of work, acquiring numerous award nominations and recognition from various esteemed institutions such as The Green Room, Helpmann Awards, AFI Awards and the FCCA Awards. In 2004 she was honored as the winning recipient of the AFI Award for Best Actress in a TV Drama for MARKING TIME. Bojana’s film credits include: NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN, THE KING IS DEAD, GENERATION UM, BURNING MAN, DEVIL, EDGE OF DARKNESS, DRAG ME TO HELL, SISANJE, OPTIMISTI, THUNDERSTRUCK, THE MONKEY’S MASK, STRANGE FITS OF PASSION and BLACKROCK. For television, Bojana has just completed shooting the title role in US pilot, AGATHA (ABC) and US series RAKE (Sony Pictures Television). Other TV credits include: AS AUSTRALIAN AS, SATISFACTION, SOLO, BLACKJACK - AT THE GATES, THE COOKS and MARKING TIME.
Novakovic’s theatre credits include THE BLIND DATE PROJECT, WOYZECK, EL DORADO, NECESSARY TARGETS, CRIMINOLOGY,STRANGE FRUIT, AWAY, THESE PEOPLE, DEBRIS, LOVEPLAY, ROMEO & JULIET, CARNIVAL OF ANIMALS and DIARY OF A MADMAN. KIM GYNGELL – Steve
Kim Gyngell’s illustrious career in Theatre, Television and Film, has given us memorable performances across multiple genres. From COL’N CARPENTER to gritty M (Macbeth) to theatre productions like ART, Kim’s range is inspiring.
Kim’s theatre credits are too numerous to list but some of the highlights include PILLOWMAN, NINETY, ART, FESTEN, THE HYPOCRITE and TWELFTH NIGHT for Melbourne Theatre Company, and IT JUST STOPPED for Belvoir Street as well as SYLVIA, METAMORPHISIS and THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE for Sydney Theatre Company. On television Kim has constantly proven his versatility, from programs such as UNDERBELLY, THE GAMES, BACKBERNER, FULL FRONTAL, THE LIBRARIANS, VERY SMALL BUSINESS, WILFRED to his most recent appearance in LOWDOWN 2 and THE STRAITS.
Kim’s film credits include NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES, THE HARD WORD, THE WOGBOY, LOVE AND OTHER CATASTROPHES, EVIL ANGELS and most recently FORCE OF DESTINY and THE LITTLE DEATH.
ALAN DUKES – Phil
Alan Dukes has enjoyed playing a multitude of roles across various film projects including BENEATH HILL 60, INHUMAN RESOURCES (‘Redd Inc’) and the award winning short films COCKATOO and PEEKABOO. On the small screen Alan has appeared in many of Australia's most popular television shows recently including POWER GAMES, REDFERN NOW, THE MOODYS, DEVIL’S DUST, AT HOME WITH JULIA and is soon to be seen in the Samantha Lang directed CARLOTTA.
With a strong background in theatre Alan has enjoyed working on various productions with The Sydney Theatre Company, having just finished a run of the smash hit NOISES OFF, Belvoir Street, Pork Chop, The Griffin, Old Fitzroy, The Ensemble, and La Boite Theatre, also, many touring shows including Pork Chop’s production of BRILLIANT MONKEY which he wrote and performed for return seasons in Sydney and a NSW/VIC tour. Alan is at present in rehearsal for his role in Reg Cribb’s feature film LAST CAB TO DARWIN.
LISA McCUNE – Maureen
Lisa McCune is one of Australia’s most popular and successful screen and theatre actors, earning an impressive collection of awards celebrating her performances.
Lisa is currently starring in the Opera Australia and Gordon Frost Organization production of THE KING AND I. In 2013, she starred in SHANE WARNETHE MUSICAL at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and Network Ten’s drama, REEF DOCTORS. Lisa produced the series with Jonathan M. Shiff Productions. She also appeared in the Princess Pictures comedy IT’S A DATE for which she received an AACTA Award nomination for Best Performance in a Television Comedy. Lisa’s role as ‘Maggie Doyle’ in the police drama BLUE HEELERS made her a household name and resulted in her winning four Gold Logie Awards for Most Popular Personality on Australian television.
Her other screen credits include SEA PATROL, the highly acclaimed series MDA, the Seven Network mini-series THE POTATO FACTORY, BLOOD BROTHERS, Bryan Brown’s TWO TWISTED, TRIPPING OVER, the telemovie HELL HAS HARBOUR VIEWS for which she received a Silver Logie Award nomination for Most Outstanding Actress and the ABC series RAKE, with Richard Roxburgh. Lisa also appeared in Rowan Woods’ feature LITTLE FISH.
KATE MULVANY – Evie
Kate Mulvany is a leading Australian actress, playwright and screenwriter.
As a writer, Kate has written and produced over 20 plays and screenplays, including the critically acclaimed and award-winning autobiographical piece ‘The Seed’. Other plays written by Kate include THE WEB, BLOOD & BONE, STORY TIME, VASELINE LOLLIES, NAKED AMBITION, THE DANGER AGE, and musicals EMBALMER! (co-written by Pip Branson) and SOMEWHERE (co-written by Tim Minchin).
As an actor, Kate has performed in many plays for companies such as Bell Shakespeare, Melbourne Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company and Diana Bliss Productions in KILLER JOE for which she was nominated for a Green Room award. She will return to the stage this year to play the role of Dorine in Bell Shakespeare’s TARTUFFE, Directed by Peter Evans. Kate has also appeared on television shows such as ALL SAINTS, BLUE HEELERS, THE CHASER’S WAR ON EVERYTHING and the telemovie THE UNDERBELLY FILES – THE MAN WHO GOT AWAY. Feature films include, THE FINAL WINTER, THE TURNING, GRIFF THE INVISIBLE and most recently Baz Luhrmann’s THE GREAT GATSBY, playing the extrovert Mrs. McKee opposite Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton.
DAMON HERRIMAN - Dan
Damon was born in Adelaide and has been acting since the age of eight.
Damon’s Australian television credits include NEVER TEAR US APART(Seven Network), LOVE MY WAY(Foxtel), THE BROKEN SHORE, THE OUTLAW MICHAEL HOWE, THE ELEGANT GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO KNIFE FIGHTING, RAKE, BRIDES OF CHRISTand LAID (ABC), for which he received an AACTA Nomination for Best Performance in a Television Comedy. Australian film credits include 100 BLOODY ACRES, THE SQUARE, CANDY, NEDand THE BIG STEAL. He will next be seen in SON OF A GUN, starring Ewan McGregor; Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, THE WATER DIVINER; and in Josh Lawson’s feature debut THE LITTLE DEATH. Since 2006, Damon has worked extensively in the US. His film credits there include J. EDGARopposite Leonardo DiCaprio (dir. Clint Eastwood); REDBELT directed by David Mamet; HOUSE OF WAX; and on Disney’s THE LONE RANGER(dir. Gore Verbinksi). On US television, Damon is best known for playing Dewey Crowe in the acclaimed FX series, JUSTIFIED. His other US television credits include VEGAS, BREAKING BAD, WILFREDand COLD CASE. He will next be seen in the CBS series, BATTLE CREEK, and as a regular in the Starz cable drama, FLESH AND BONE.
KATE BOX – Rowena
Kate graduated from NIDA in 2003, and most recently performed the role of Kath in the ABC drama series OLD SCHOOL. She has appeared in all three series of RAKE in the role of Nicole, Rake’s long-suffering young legal secretary. Kate’s other screen credits include PAPER GIANTS, OFFSPRING, MY PLACE, ALL SAINTS, TRIPPING OVER and SMALL CLAIMS; the feature films RANDOM 8 (2012) and BLACK BALLOON (2007) winning a Crystal Bear at 58th Berlin International Film Festival, and three Film Critics’ Circle of Australia Awards. Kate’s theatre credits include FOOD (Belvoir Street), playing Julie in Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s MISS JULIE, KNIVES IN HENS for Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company’s THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISSOCIA AND DOUBT, Bell Shakespeare’s THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, BRINK’S 4:48 PSYCHOSIS for the Adelaide Fringe and TRIPLE THREAT for the State Theatre Company of South Australia.
PATRICK BRAMMALL – Richard Patrick Brammall's star-turn as ‘Sean Moody’ in A MOODY CHRISTMAS (ABC1) won him the 2013 AACTA award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy. His continuing role in the second series - THE MOODYS - has recently gone to air and seen him nominated as Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series at the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo for 2014. He also portrayed a young Rupert Murdoch in the Nine Network mini-series POWER GAMES and appeared in the ABC comedies THE ELEGANT GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO KNIFE FIGHTING, UPPER MIDDLE BOGAN and THE STRANGE CALLS. Among his other television credits, Patrick starred as Kim Beazley in the telemovie, HAWKE (Ch.10), opposite Richard Roxburgh. In 2010, Patrick made his feature film debut opposite Ryan Kwanten in the critically acclaimed GRIFF THE INVISIBLE.Patrick's most notable theatre credits are: starring opposite Colin Friels in Belvoir's DEATH OF A SALESMAN (which won him the Sydney Theatre Area Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play); playing opposite Geoffrey Rush in MTC's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST; opposite Miranda Otto in STC's THE WHITE GUARD; and MTC's CLYBOURNE PARK (which garnered him a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor).
ERIN JAMES – Monica
Erin has trained in dance, theatre, voice, piano and music theory for the last 25 years. Graduating from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Arts, she has worked in the Australian performing arts industry in many capacities. Erin achieved her Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL) in Classical Voice and also graduated from the Talent Development Project (TDP). She is also a recipient of the prestigious TDP/ASCAP Bound for Broadway scholarship. Professional theatre credits include TML’s FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Sprintze/Chava cover), LOVE NEVER DIES (ensemble/swing/Fleck cover), CATS Australasian Tour 2008-2010 (swing; covering and performing Bombalurina, Demeter, Rumpleteaser, Jellylorum, Jennyanydots, Sillabub, Tantomile and Grizabella) and CATS Manila and Tawian 2010 (Jennyanydots). Erin most recently appeared in Opera Australia’s acclaimed Australian tour of SOUTH PACIFIC (Dance Captain/Nellie cover).
TJ POWER – Sam
Since graduating from WAAPA, TJ has been making a name for himself in theatre and on screen. He’s appeared alongside Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem in the feature film EAT, PRAY, LOVE and, most recently, in ABC TV’s PARER’S WAR and A MOODY CHRISTMAS, UNDERBELLY: RAZOR, and the award-winning feature THE SAPPHIRES. In 2009, TJ shot the feature film WASTED ON THE YOUNG that premiered at the Sydney and Toronto Film Festivals. He was nominated for Best Actor at the WA Screen Awards for his role in the film IRIS. TJ’s theatre credits include: Sydney Theatre Company’s LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, SUMMER OFTHE SEVENTEENTH DOLL with Belvoir Street Theatre, MACQUARIE with Riverside Theatre, the lead role in THE SPOOK for the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, which earned him a nomination for Best Newcomer for the 2009 Equity Guild Awards.
TASNEEM ROC – Yael
Tasneem made her acting debut as Thania Saya on the internationally acclaimed television series HEARTBREAK HIGH. She has since appeared in British and Australian dramas HOME & AWAY,HEADSTART, Sky TV's DREAM TEAM, SPIRITED, CROWNIES and three seasons of the internationally award winning miniseries EAST WEST 101. She has also appeared in feature films KATH AND KIMDERELLA, NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN and BURNING MAN. Tasneem most recently starred as sassy nurse practitioner Olivia Shaw in the new Jonathan M. Shiff family adventure series REEF DOCTORS. Tasneem has a double major in English and Art History and being of Scottish and Burmese descent has a keen interest in Burma, refugee issues and women's rights.
BEN LAWSON - Glenn
Since graduating from the internationally renowned National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2004, Ben has forged an acting career in both Australia and the U.S.
Feature films include in the US Ivan Reitman’s NO STRINGS ATTACHED, also starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher; and in Australia the soon to be released NOW ADD HONEY by director Wayne Hope. Ben’s work in television has also spanned both countries with roles in the US on shows including JENNIFER FALLS, 2 BROKE GIRLS, FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES, BONES, DON’T TRUST THE B---- INAPARTMENT 23, COVERT AFFAIRS and THE DEEP END. In Australia, Ben has worked on LOVE CHILD, RAKE, SECRETS & LIES and NEIGHBOURS. In 2007, Ben was nominated for “Most Popular New Male Talent” in the TV Week Logies. Ben has also performed on stage for Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Belvoir Street and Darlinghurst Theatre Company.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
JOSH LAWSON - WRITER/DIRECTOR/ACTOR
Josh Lawson is a writer, director and actor. He has written and directed an original feature film, THE LITTLE DEATH, which is being produced by See Pictures in Australia.
Josh also wrote and directed short film, AFTER THE CREDITS, which screened at film festivals internationally. The short took out the Best Comedy at the LA Shorts Fest, Best Narrative Short (Comedy) at the Fargo Film Festival and Best Achievement in Screenplay at St Kilda Film Festival. The screenplay was also nominated for an AWGIE award.
Josh recently wrote six sketches for the Jungleboys comedy series THE ELEGANTGENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO KNIFEFIGHTING which aired on ABC1 in 2013. Josh’s other television credits include writing for comedy programs TV BURP, TWENTY FOURSEVEN and MY NEW BEST FRIEND and he hosted the series WIPEOUT. Josh wrote the final episode of the second series of the television comedy STUPID, STUPID MAN. He has also written comedy sketches for COMEDY INC., articles for magazines and commercials for television, radio and the internet.
Josh won Naked Theatre Company’s Top Shorts playwriting competition in 2005 with his play SHAKESPEARLIALISM. Josh won best comedy script in the Short and Sweet theatre competition in 2006 with another short play THE 11’O’CLOCK which he directed and which toured through Australia and Asia. SHAKESPEARIALISM was subsequently produced as a radio drama by ABC radio’s Airwaves program and enjoyed a return season at the Old Fitzroy Theatre in Sydney in late 2006 alongside THE 11’O’CLOCK and a new short play, WORK IN PROGRESS. These plays resulted in Josh being shortlisted for the Phillip Parsons Award at Belvoir theatre in Sydney.
Josh is also an actor and is currently starring opposite Don Cheadle in the Showtime series HOUSE OF LIES in the US. As NIDA graduate he signed a development deal with the Fox Network in the US in 2008 which culminated in his playing the lead in the pilot of the US remake of the cult UK comedy series SPACED. This was followed with a lead role in the multi-cam sitcom, ROMANTICALLY CHALLENGED, which aired on the ABC Network in the US in 2010. Josh was also a popular and regular guest on the Channel 10 series THANK GOD YOU’RE HERE and had roles in THE LIBRARIANS for the ABC and CHANDON for Foxtel. Josh has previously starred in feature films DOG FIGHT, ANY QUESTIONS FORBEN?, THE WEDDING PARTY, FREELOADERS and CRAVE.
JAMIE HILTON - PRODUCER
Jamie Hilton heads production at See Pictures. His theatrical debut was Claire McCarthy’s THE WAITING CITY hot in India in 2009 starring Joel Edgerton and Radha Mitchell. Jamie executive produced Julie Leigh’s SLEEPING BEAUTY selected in Official Competition Cannes 2011, selling in all major territories. This year, Jamie produced supernatural thriller BACKTRACK starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill for writer/director Michael Petroni (NARNIA, DAWN TREADER, THE RITE) THE LITTLE DEATH, a comedy for writer/director/actor Josh Lawson and an animated short film MARTHA THE MONSTER starring Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale with writer/director Christopher Weekes (MUPPET MAN). All three titles are currently in post-production. Jamie is currently in production on OTHERLIFE with director Ben Lucas (WASTED ON THE YOUNG), written by Gregory Widen (HIGHLANDER, BACKDRAFT) based on the novel SOLITARE by Kelley Eskridge; and the sci-fi ATOMICA with writer Nicholas Lathouris (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD) and director Chris Debney. Projects in development include Tim Winton’s BREATH, producing alongside Mark Johnson (THE NOTEBOOK, BREAKING BAD) and Simon Baker (THE MENTALIST), with Peter Duncan (RAKE) and Gerard Lee (TOP OF THE LAKE) writing; and SIERRA with writers John Collee (MASTER AND COMMANDER) and Matthew Chapman (RUNAWAY JURY). Jamie is also producing projects with writer/director Spencer Susser (HESHER) and Christopher Weekes slated for 2015. Jamie has produced work for Michael Petroni, Keir McFarlane, Joseph Kahn, Claire McCarthy, Spencer Susser and Michael Spiccia as well as many emerging ﬁlmmakers. He has produced over 100 shorts, music videos and commercials. His ﬁlms have screened and won awards at Cannes, Toronto, Sydney, New York, Rome, Paris and London. Jamie was voted top producer at the 2012 Melbourne 37 South Market by attending international financiers. In Cannes 2013 Jamie was featured in Screen International’s ‘Future Leaders’ showcase, one of 30 producers around the world.
MICHAEL PETRONI - PRODUCER
Born in Australia, writer/director Michael Petroni is a 1996 graduate of the American Film Institute. While studying he wrote TILL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US, winning AFI Screenplay of the Year and the WGA/Scenario Magazine Award. He later directed it, starring Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Carter.
Michael also directed THE AWAKENING, a one-hour episode of MASTERS OF SCIENCE FICTION in 2007 and AFI nominated short “BOYS OWN STORY”. Michael began his Hollywood career with A COURSE IN MIRACLES for Caravan/Touchstone, which was turned into MIRACLES, a one-hour TV drama on America’s ABC network. Michael next adapted THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS, the film starred Jodie Foster, Vincent D’Onofrio, Kieran Culkin and Emile Hirsch.Michael more recently wrote the supernatural horror/thriller THE RITE for New Line starring Anthony Hopkins and NARNIA: VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER for Fox, both debuted number 1 in the US. Michael also adapted the acclaimed novel THE BOOK THIEF, which FOX 2000 produced with Downtown Abbey director Brian Percival released in 2014.
Michael also recently wrote the sequel to the MASTER AND COMMANDER film franchise “The Letter of Marque” for Fox and Samuel Goldwyn. Fox 2000 is also producing Michael’s script AFTERLIFE with Kevin Lima (Enchanted) directing. This year Michael directed BACKTRACK starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill, a project he also wrote.
MATT REEDER – PRODUCER
Matt Reeder’s debut feature film as producer, WEST, had its world premiere at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival. WEST was financed through Screen Australia and was distributed locally through Palace Films and represented internationally by Lightning Films. The film went on to a critically acclaimed theatrical run in Australia in 2007. Matt has produced numerous award winning short films including Boo! (2nd Place Tropfest 2012,Telluride & Palm Springs), Tomorrow (2010 Mofilm winner), and New Skin (2002 Dendy Award). His short film He. She. It. (financed by Screen Australia) had its world premiere at the 2008 Melbourne Film Festival.He has produced dozens of TV commercials as well as music videos for some of Australia’s top artists including Missy Higgins and Operator Please as well as producing the live in concert DVD and documentary for Powderfinger’s farewell tour, Sunsets, that has gone five times platinum. Matt is a graduate of the prestigious writing and production course at the University of Technology, Sydney.