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Acclaimed director Alex Proyas (DARK CITY, THE CROW) puts his visionary spin on the story of an Australian garage band that is willing to do just about anything to make it to the top - or at least a stage. Through a comic chain of events involving blackmail and brute force, the band begins to realize that real life sometimes has even more stomach-turning drops and g-force than the rock ’n’ roll roller coaster they’ve been waiting to get on.
Following its 2002 Australian release, GARAGE DAYS received three nominations from the Australian Film Institute including Best Supporting Actress for Maya Stange (IN A SAVAGE LAND). Headlining the cast is an ensemble of Australia’s most promising young talent including Kick Gurry (BUFFALO SOLDIERS, LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI), who stars as Freddy, the charmingly naive lead singer of the band. The film reunites Gurry with Australian Film Institute Award-winning actress Pia Miranda (LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI), who co-stars as the band’s sassy bass player. Newcomers Chris Sadrinna and Brett Stiller round out the band’s line-up. Maya Stange (IN A SAVAGE LAND) co-stars as Kate. Previous Australian Film Institute Award winners Russell Dykstra (SOFT FRUIT) and Andy Anderson (“Halifax f.p”) join the cast as the band’s well-meaning “manager”, and a nostalgic rocker from the 70s. Yvette Duncan (PRAISE) and Marton Csokas (LORD OF THE RINGS) join the ensemble in supporting roles.
GARAGE DAYS is a Mystery Clock Cinema Production co-financed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and the Australian Film Finance Corporation. Fox Searchlight will distribute the film worldwide.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION Australian director Alex Proyas received worldwide acclaim for his two previous films THE CROW and DARK CITY. With an eye for the supernatural, Proyas is known for the dark tones of his work and his love of the ‘50s film noir visual style.
GARAGE DAYS is a complete change of direction. Says Proyas “It’s always nice to do something different and surprise your audience. I really wanted to make something on a smaller scale that was more character driven and something I could have fun with.”
A member of an experimental keyboard group that was, by his own description, “truly awful,” Proyas began making video clips for friends who were in bands in the early ‘80s. Before long he was directing video clips for Crowded House and INXS amongst others. This gave him a real insight into the world of rock n’ roll: “but I was an objective outsider, so I could sit back and watch all the madness. I always thought it was a very exciting, very fascinating world.” This time in Proyas’ life became the inspiration for the film: “A lot of different factors came together in my mind as a possibility for a film, but I always thought the most interesting aspect would be a young band in their very early days when they’re trying to get a manager or record company.”
Proyas enlisted the help of Dave Warner and then Michael Udesky to write the screenplay. Says Proyas: “I was aware of Dave as a musician (Warner had a hit single in Australia in the mid ‘70s) and I was impressed with his writing. His experience in the music world was obviously a bonus. He was the perfect person to collaborate with at that early stage. Michael Udesky came on board later and with him I worked on the more comic aspects of the film and took it another step forward.”
Proyas asked Mystery Clock Cinema partner Topher Dow to produce the film with him. Says Dow: “I played in a garage band once upon a time but clearly wasn’t destined to be a great rock n’ roll drummer! Certainly though, I had that moment where I dreamt I might be destined for something good. And that’s what appealed to me about the film – it’s a story of some kids who have a dream and do what they can to realize that dream. In the end what happens to them is maybe not what they dreamt, but they learn it’s all part of life – part of that growing up experience.”
The band’s lead singer and central character, Freddy, is played by Kick Gurry, who was discovered after a lengthy search. Says Proyas: “When you audition 20 or 30 actors, quite often when the person who is perfect for the role walks in, you just know the moment they walk in the door. Casting Kick was like that – he immediately grabbed my attention. He has a great sense of humour and he gave Freddy a lot of different layers.”
Comments Gurry: “I was blown away by the script when I first read it and with all that was going to happen within the film – it’s pretty big. I was also very interested in Freddy – he’s a young dreamer but he’s also very determined to achieve his dreams. And I got to be a rock star if only for a short while! That’s something I would never have done if it wasn’t for the film.”
The film re-unites Gurry with LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI co-star Pia Miranda. Says Miranda: “GARAGE DAYS was the first script I’d read in a long time that made me really laugh out loud. I loved all the characters – they were very clearly defined and I was very touched by their story. I play Tanya who is the bass player in the band and the only girl, so she’s pretty tough, although she loves the music and that’s why she’s there. She’s a much feistier character than I’ve played before.”
Says Proyas: “I think Pia responded well to her character because it was radically different to anything she’d done before. She really rose to the occasion and did a magnificent job.”
Newcomers Chris Sadrinna and Brett Stiller complete the band, Sadrinna in the role of Lucius, or Lucy, the chemically enhanced drummer, and Brett playing Joe, the brooding lead guitarist. Says Proyas: “Again Chris and Brett came to us through a lengthy audition process. Chris was physically exactly as I saw the character so that worked for me immediately. We work-shopped the script over a four-week rehearsal period and Chris really shaped Lucy in some very interesting ways. That’s when I started to see the different aspects of the various characters and re-wrote the script accordingly.”
He continues: “Joe became the hardest character to pinpoint, to be objective about. Brett and I both explored throughout the film exactly where we wanted to go with Joe. He’s pretty messed up and doesn’t really know as a character where he’s going or where he fits in. It gave Brett’s performance an interesting tension.” Adds Brett: “Joe is a very brooding character and has a pretty incredible twisted arc in terms of his journey. His story evolved during filming. This was a real stretch for me – not only was it my first film but I’m completely the opposite from Joe – pretty happy most of the time! I felt incredibly fortunate to be involved in the film and enjoyed the challenge to dig deep and find Joe. Alex was incredibly supportive - I felt very lucky to have him as the director of my first film.”
Sadrinna agrees: “Alex really listens. He lets you discover your character by yourself and he’ll only step in if he thinks it should go a different way. If he’s happy with what he sees then he encourages you to take that direction.”
The actress Maya Stange was cast to play Kate, the source of Freddy’s musical inspiration. Says Proyas: “Maya is a great actress. We tested her for all the female roles – I hadn’t originally seen her as Kate. But as with many of the cast, Maya really evolved her character taking Kate to another dimension.”
Says Stange: “I loved that this was an ensemble piece and yet all the characters have their own little stories within the film. And it’s got a wacky kind of quality, which is Alex’s vision…he doesn’t do romantic comedy quite like anyone else! My character Kate is a pretty funky chick which is great because in the past I’ve played far more serious characters.”
Stange was also very happy to have the opportunity to work with Proyas: “The great thing about Alex is that not only does he like actors, he also has this incredible cinematic vision, so you know he’s going to be doing some amazing stuff with the camera that you have no idea about when you’re filming. So it’s like there are two films – the film I know about, that I made and this whole other thing that Alex has created.”
Russell Dykstra and Andy Anderson join the cast as Bruno, the band’s well- meaning manager, and Kevin, a nostalgic rocker from the ‘70s who also happens to be Joe’s dad. Yvette Duncan and Marton Csokas are in supporting roles as Angie, the girl of Joe’s dreams, and Shad Kern, the country’s leading band manager.
Says producer Topher Dow: “We were very blessed with our cast – they are all incredibly talented and gave us some fantastic performances. The film is very much an ensemble piece so they were all very important.” Adds Proyas: “We tried to create an atmosphere on set where everyone could have a good time and play around a little. I tried to give the actors as an ensemble the confidence to experiment and to have fun. As a result of that I’m really very happy with all the roles – there are some real gems throughout.”
The music for the film was written by Dave McCormack (from the Australian bands “Custard” and “The Titanics”), Andrew Lancaster and Antony Partos. Both McCormack and Lancaster were given the additional duty of teaching the cast members how to play their respective instruments. Says Dow: “We wanted the actors to be able to play a few chords, but more importantly we needed them to look like a band, particularly whenever we see them on stage.” The cast applied themselves diligently to learning their instruments and, by the time the film wrapped, most of them could pass as musicians.
Adds Proyas: “Three weeks into rehearsals Kick put on a CD for me to listen to, of one of the songs in the film. I assumed it was Dave and Andrew who were playing but it was actually our cast. I was very impressed at how quickly they had picked it up. They were all standing there beaming, feeling very happy with themselves.”
Comments Gurry: “When I first picked up the guitar I was pretty scared – I really didn’t think I could pull it off and after the first lesson I was seriously worried! But after the fourth or fifth lesson we began to get the fingering right and the strumming and it all started to come together. Dave and Andrew were fantastic. They’re both amazing musicians and it was an honour really to have them as our teachers. We went and watched them play in their own bands a few times and it was great to see them play on stage and to watch what they do. That gave me a great sense of what it is that Freddy wants - why he wants to be up there playing the music.”
Miranda, who also got coaching from husband Luke Hanigan who plays in the Australian band Lo-tel, became so involved with the music she bought her own bass guitar.
One of the big scenes in the film saw the band play on stage at a big concert in Sydney – known as Homebake – in front of an audience of over 40,000 people. Says Proyas: “Early on we decided that we wanted to put the band, the actors, into a real rock concert situation, rather than fabricating something that didn’t look real. We worked hard at trying to secure a way of doing so and the organizers of Homebake were kind enough to allow us to put our band on their stage in front of a real crowd, for a small window of opportunity. It was actually quite a crazy thing to do, what with the logistics of the day and everything else, but I think it was well worth that extra effort.”
Filming at Homebake took place at the very end of the shoot and it was something the actors tried to put out of their mind while they were making the film. Says Gurry: “We were all terrified at the prospect of playing at Homebake – being a real band up on stage in front of a real crowd, a huge crowd at that. So we tried not to think about it until we’d finished the rest of the film. Then we focused on it and were all in a complete sweat!” Adds Brett Stiller: “When we were up there on the day we were all looking at each other initially like “help!” Then it just came together and it was the most incredible experience. We had a blast.” Says Miranda: “I think we can now all say that we’ve lived out our rock star fantasies to their fullest! It was terrifying but a lot of fun at the same time.”
Much of the film was shot on location in Sydney’s Newtown. Says Proyas: “I wanted to use real locations as far as possible and Newtown had exactly the look I wanted for the film. There’s a certain grungy, feral quality to the place and there are some fabulous old buildings there. We did alter all the locations in terms of art direction, because I wanted a certain style throughout and I wanted to show the locations in their best possible light.”
The style Proyas sought for the film he terms ‘beatnik punk’: “It’s raw and it’s gritty but there’s a very bright color palette. I didn’t want it to be too grainy or grungy – in a way I wanted it to feel almost like a live-action cartoon.”
Proyas enjoyed the challenges of working on location: “For me it was great to be in the real world for a change. My past films have used extensive production design and sets. Shooting in Newtown was fantastic in that the people there were incredibly co-operative. I felt like we couldn’t really have had that much more control on a soundstage. We did some crazy things like shutting down the main street in the middle of peak hour traffic and people were very nice and polite, which I thought was amazing. “
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ABOUT THE CAST KICK GURRY (Freddy) Kick Gurry’s film credits include Terence Malick’s THE THIN RED LINE;
Fox Searchlight’s BOOTMEN, directed by Dein Perry; the Australian Box Office success story LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI, in which he played the role of Jacob Coote; and Gregor Jordan’s Berlin crime drama BUFFALO SOLDIERS, in which he stars opposite Joaquin Phoenix. Gurry also starred in Rachel Ward’s award winning short film THE BIG HOUSE.
His television credits include guest roles in the popular series “SeaChange” and “Halifax f.p.” His other television credits include, “Wildside,” “State Coroner,” “Thunderstone” and “Raw FM.”
MAYA STANGE (Kate)
For her GARAGE DAYS role, Maya Stange received her second nomination from the Australian Film Institute. Her first nom was i
n 1999 for her performance opposite Rufus Sewell in Bill Bennett’s period drama IN A SAVAGE LAND.
Stange began her career at the age of sixteen starring opposite Russell Crowe in the feature film LOVE IN LIMBO directed by David Elfick. She was also featured in the drama HEAD ON directed by Anna Kokkinos.
Stange’s television credits include guest roles on “Halifax f.p.,” “All Saints” and the acclaimed Australian telemovie “Secret Men’s Business.” She recently appeared in England on the BBC show “Casualty.”
theatrical roles include Viola in Company B’s production of “Twelfth Night,” directed by Richard Roxburgh, and Miranda in the Melbourne Drama Festival’s production of “The Tempest.” Her other theatre credits include productions of “Pride and Prejudice” and “Closer” for the Sydney Theatre Company, “Below” for the Griffin Theatre Company and “The Conjurers” for the Playbox Theatre.
Stange was recently seen on screen opposite Mark Ruffalo in XX/XY, an American production from Natural Nylon, the film company formed by British actors Ewan McGregor, Jude Law and Sadie Frost. The film was shown in competition in Cannes in 2002.
PIA MIRANDA (Tanya) Pia Miranda charmed audiences and won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress for her first film role in the critical- and box office-smash hit LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI.
In addition to GARAGE DAYS, in 2003 she will be seen in QUEEN OF THE DAMNED directed by Michael Rymer; and TRAVELLING LIGHT, which also stars Brett Stiller and Sacha Horler.
A graduate of Arts in Performance from Victoria University, Miranda’s theatre credits include: “The Wild Duck” for the State Theatre Company of South Australia and Glen Street Theatre, “Sweet Road” for the Ensemble Theatre, and “Fireface,” Sydney Theatre Company’s production for the 2001 Sydney Festival. Her television credits include roles in “All Saints” and “Neighbors.”
BRETT STILLER (Joe) GARAGE DAYS marks Brett Stiller’s feature film debut. He will also soon be seen opposite GARAGE DAYS co-star Pia Miranda in TRAVELLING LIGHT.
Previously Stiller appeared in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of “Falsetto’s” and played Romeo in the Australian Theatre for Young People’s (ATYP) production of “Romeo and Juliet.” Stiller most recently won over audiences with his tour de force performance in “Borderlines,” a trio of new one-act plays from the Griffin Theatre Company under the direction of Jeremy Sims.
Stiller graduated from the University of Western Sydney – Nepean (Theatre Nepean) with a Degree in Performance in 2000. Immediately following
drama school he landed his first professional role on the popular television show “Water Rats.”
CHRIS SADRINNA (Lucy) Chris Sadrinna returns to the big screen in GARAGE DAYS having previously appeared in the Australian coming-of-age comedy KICK directed by Linda Heys.
Sadrinna’s first big break came when he landed a lead role in the Turner Broadcasting telemovie “First Daughter” directed by Armand Mastroianni. This was followed up by a supporting role in another U.S. telemovie “Monster” directed by John Lafia.
Since returning to Australia, Sadrinna has appeared as a guest star in a number of leading television dramas including “Heartbreak High,” “Water Rats” and the internationally distributed “BeastMaster” for Alliance Atlantis.
RUSSELL DYKSTRA (Bruno) Russell Dykstra shot to acclaim in 1999 when he won the Australian Film Institute Best Actor Award for his role in Fox Searchlight’s family drama SOFT FRUIT directed by Christina Andreef. He was also nominated for a Film Critic’s Circle of Australia Award for the same role. Last year Dykstra was seen in Ray Lawrence’s acclaimed LANTANA. In addition to GARAGE DAYS, he will soon be seen in NED KELLY opposite Heath Ledger and Naomi Watts and in THE WANNABES.
Prior to his win Dykstra had been perfecting his craft on the stage and small screen. His one-man show, “Children of the Devil,” toured Australia and won him the 1999 Brisbane Theatre Critics Award and a Victorian Green Room Award nomination for Best Actor.
Dykstra’s other stage roles include “The Laramie Project” and “The Ham Funeral” for Company B, “Below” for the Griffin Theatre Company, “The Milemonum Project” for Glen Street Theatre and “The Imaginary Invalid” at the Ensemble.
A former native of Queensland, Dykstra’s home state performances include productions of “A Beautiful Life” and “Snapshots from Home” for the Brisbane Festival. His other credits include “Miss Bosnia” for the La Boite Theatre Company, “Gigi”, “A Nightingale Sang” and “The Winter’s Tale” for the Queensland Theatre Company. Dykstra has also studied at the prestigious Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris and Ecole Phillipe Gaulier in London.
ANDY ANDERSON (Kevin) Andy Anderson began his career in the hallmark Australian television series “The Sullivans” in 1976, for which he won a Logie Award as Best Supporting Actor.
Anderson’s television credits include: “Water Rats,” “Blue Heelers,” “Fire,” “Phoenix,” “Wildside,” “G.P.,” “Xena,” “Hercules,” “The Man from Snowy River,” “The Flying Doctors,” “Neighbors” and “Prisoner.” He is also known for his roles in the mini-series “The Great Bookie Robbery” and the acclaimed “Seven Deadly Sins.”
He recently received an award from the Australian Film Institute for his work as Best Actor in a Telefeature or Mini-Series in the acclaimed “Halifax f.p. A Person of Interest.”
But it was Anderson’s stage and musical experience that most prepared him for his role as Kevin in GARAGE DAYS. In the 70s, Anderson was in the bands “Missing Links,” “Running, Jumping, Standing Still” and “Arkastra.” He also performed in the original Sydney stage production of the rock musical “Hair.”
MARTON CSOKAS (Shad Kern)
Marton Csokas’ recent film credits include Peter Jackson’s LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, for which he appeared opposite Cate Blanchett as the ethereal Celeborn, Lord of the Elves; XXX opposite Vin Diesel; KANGAROO JACK for producer Jerry Bruckheimer; and STAR WARS: EPISODE II ATTACK OF THE CLONES, for which he lent his voice. He will next be seen in Richard Donner’s TIMELINE with Frances O’Connor and in THE GREAT RAID opposite Benjamin Bratt and Joseph Fiennes.
Csokas received a New Zealand Film Institute Award nomination for his role in
the acclaimed New Zealand drama BROKEN ENGLISH. He also starred in RAIN, which screened during the 2001 Director’s Fortnight at Cannes, and THE MONKEY’S MASK for director Samantha Lang.
Csokas’ numerous television credits include roles in “Xena,” “Hercules,” “Water Rats,” “Farscape,” “BeastMaster” and “Halifax f.p.: Swimming with Sharks.” Csokas received an Australian Film Institute Award nomination for his guest role in the acclaimed television drama “G.P.”
On stage Csokas has played the role of Septimus in Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia,” Joe Pitt in Tony Kushner’s “Angel’s in America” and Dan in Patrick Marber’s “Closer.” Other stage productions include runs of David Hare’s “Amy’s View,” Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa” and Berkoff’s “Kvetch.” Csokas’ has also performed in productions of Shakespeare including “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “Julius Caesar” and Company B’s “Twelth Night” and “As You Like It.”
YVETTE DUNCAN (Angie)
Yvette Duncan returns to the big screen for the first time since her enticing debut in John Curran’s critically successful feature debut PRAISE in 1998.
While Duncan has previously appeared in dramatic roles on Australian television shows including “Water Rats,” “Wildside” and “Big Sky,” true rock’n’roll fans will also recognize her from her work as a presenter and VJ on MTV Australia.
Duncan’s work for MTV Australia has included hosting such shows as “MTV Fashionably Loud,” “Week in Rock,” “Australian Top 20” and the “MTV Music Video Awards: Live via Satellite” from the United States.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS ALEX PROYAS (Director, Screenwriter, Producer)
Alex Proyas first came to the attention of cinema audiences around the world in 1994 with his film adaptation of the cutting-edge comic book THE CROW, which was followed by the critically acclaimed science-fiction drama DARK CITY in 1998.
GARAGE DAYS represents Proyas’ first foray into feature comedy, and his first film set in the contemporary world. He is currently shooting the Will Smith starrer I, ROBOT for Twentieth Century Fox.
Accepted to the Australian Film Television and Radio School at the age of 17, Proyas’ first short film GROPING won numerous international awards including Best Short at the London Film Festival.
Proyas lives and works in Sydney where his production company Mystery Clock Cinema is developing numerous projects for him to direct and produce for film, and television.
TOPHER DOW (Producer)
Topher Dow worked as an Assistant Director before partnering with Alex Proyas at Mystery Clock Cinema in 1999. His credits include DARK CITY (2nd Unit Director), BABE: PIG IN THE CITY (1st AD – Second Unit). In addition to producing GARAGE DAYS and I, ROBOT, he has produced several short films and commercials for Proyas.
DAVE WARNER (Co-Screenwriter) In the late 1970s Bob Dylan nominated Dave Warner as his favourite
Australian songwriter. Warner's band, Dave Warner's From The Suburbs,
rocked the charts and suburban pubs with anthem-like tunes "Convict Streak,"
"Mugs Game" and "Suburban Boy."
several productions staged in his home state of Western Australia. In the mid-1990s he began writing books and in 1996 his first novel, City of Light, won the WA Premier's literary award for best novel. Warner has since continued a prodigious output with six novels and four non-fiction titles published over the last five years.
He has written for television dramas "McLeod's Daughters"; "Going Home" and "Big Sky" and documentary: "Counting The Beat - a history of Mushroom Records." He is currently writing the TVM "Blackjack" was a co-writer of the telefeature "Balmain Boys," and has his short TV feature "Roll" about to go into production. Warner also wrote the comic-horror feature "Cut" which starred Molly Ringwald and Kylie Minogue. Another feature, the thriller "Power Surge" is in pre-production.
Warner has also worked as a radio announcer of Australian Rules Football,
hosted the TV sport-comedy show "Ballzup" and acted in a smattering of
MICHAEL UDESKY (Co-Screenwriter)
GARAGE DAYS marks Michael Udesky’s first leap into feature film writing. A native
of Skokie, Illinois, Udesky graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in journalism. After spending most of his twenties in Seattle, he tried his hand at playwriting and produced numerous short films he wrote and directed.
He currently resides in Los Angeles where he continues to write for film and television.
SIMON DUGGAN ACS (Director of Photography) In 1998 Simon Duggan won the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for his work on the feature film THE INTERVIEW. He was also nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award and an Australian Cinematographers Society Award. Other feature film credits include Allan White’s second feature RISK starring Bryan Brown. He is currently shooting his second feature with Alex Proyas, I, ROBOT, starring Will Smith.
Duggan has filmed over 2,000 national and international television and cinema commercials, most recently the Ford Global “Hello/Goodbye Millenium Campaign” filmed across nine nations, picking up first place for cinematography in the International Mobius Awards. Other awards include first place at the 28th International Mobius Advertising Awards for the ‘Philip Morris Adventure Tours Campaign’ and an Outstanding Creativity Award at the 26th International Mobius Advertising Awards for ‘National Australia Bank.’
MICHAEL PHILIPS (Production Designer) Michael Philips
was nominated for Best Achievement in Production Design at the Australian Film Institute Awards for TRAPS (1994) and PRAISE (1998). In 1996 he won for his work on THE WELL. His Australian filmography also includes: VACANT POSSESSION, TURNING APRIL, MY MOTHER FRANK and THE MONKEY’S MASK. Philips recently finished THE NIGHT WE CALLED IT A DAY starring Dennis Hopper and Melanie Griffith.
His early work in Africa included LAMBARENE, for which he won the 1990 ARTES Award for Best Production Design; WINDPRINTS and BOPHA, directed by Morgan Freeman for Paramount Pictures.
Television credits include Gannon/Jenkins series “Head Start,” “My Husband My Killer” (telefeature) for Columbia TriStar Productions; “The Violent Earth” for Crawfords/Gaumont and three telemovies of the “Naked” series for Jan Chapman/ABC Television.
RICHARD LEAROYD (Editor) Richard Learoyd is a highly awarded commercials editor who divides his time between Sydney and London. In 1996 he worked as associate editor on Alex Proyas’ feature DARK CITY and edited the film’s trailer for New Line Cinema. He worked extensively on Proyas’ Mystery Clock Website and recently edited two short films for Proyas –FRANK’S DREAM and FASHION. He is currently editing Proyas’ I, ROBOT.
Learoyd’s numerous awards include ATV Awards: Highly Commended, Editing “Telefonica;” ATV Awards: Highly Commended, Editing “Yellow Pages;” ATV Awards: Highly Commended, Editing “Optus;” New York Festival Awards: World Medal for Editing “Boeing;” New York Festival Awards: Finalist, Editing “Mobil;” Australian Writers and Art Directors : Bronze, Editing “Yellow Pages;” New York Festival Awards: Editing, “Ladies Australian Masters;” London International Advertising Awards: “Ladies Australian Masters” and he has also won a gold, silver and five bronze at the British Television Advertising Awards.
DAVID MCCORMACK (Composer)
GARAGE DAYS marks the second feature film joint project of David McCormack, Andrew Lancaster and Antony Partos, who previously collaborated on SOFT FRUIT.
McCormack toured the world several times and released six albums with his artrock/pop band Custard, which won an
Aria Award for Best Videoclip for “Girls Like That (Don’t Go For Guys Like Us).”
In 2000, McCormack formed The Titanics. Rather than a big budget multinational approach, the project was more like a cottage industry rock band. Recorded and mixed at home, the debut CD “Size Isn’t Everything” was released exclusively on the internet. McCormack expanded on this approach with the second Titanics CD, “Love Is The Devil,” and incorporated the Shock Records distribution network. That CD entered the charts and was JJJ’s album of the week.
Over the years, McCormack and Andrew Lancaster have collaborated often and the results include a large body of Custard videoclips, the Lino album “Inclinator” and numerous live music incarnations.
ANDREW LANCASTER (Composer)
While a student at
the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), Andrew Lancaster directed and composed two short films PALACE CAFÉ (1993) and UNIVERSAL APPLIANCE CO. (1994). Collectively they have won 15 awards worldwide including Best Film, Asia Pacific Film Festival, Dendy Awards, Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival, France TV Supervision and Best Director at the St Kilda Film Festival. His short film, “In Search Of Mike” (featuring music from Lino), held its World Premier at Sundance 2001 and received the Dendy Award and Rouben Mamoulian Award at the Sydney Film Festival.
After graduating from
AFTRS in 1994 with a BA Majoring in Sound, Lancaster co-founded Supersonic, a music production company with Antony Partos and Paul Healy. Straddling both the music and film worlds, Lancaster has since worked
on music projects such as “Chunky Move Dance Co.”, the feature films IDIOT BOX and SOFT FRUIT, played with the band Custard and directed more than 20 music videos for bands like Midnight Oil, You Am I and Custard.
He has won two ARIA awards for Best Australian Music Video in 1996 and 1999.
In 2000 Andrew formed the band ‘Lino’ which signed to Virgin Records and produced the hit single ‘Auger Well’ and album “Inclinator.”