A film created by two Northern Illawarra teens has been named a finalist in one of the world’s leading independent film competitions
‘Rumors’ by Austinmer’s Ollie Birt and starring Wombarra’s Billy Fisher, both 19, is one of just eight films selected worldwide as finalists in the prestigious Straight8 screening at next month’s Cannes Film Festival and then at the Regent Cinema in London, putting their work in front of film industry leaders from across the world.
“It’s overwhelming,” says Ollie. “It’s such an incredible competition I really didn’t expect it. I keep checking the website to be sure.”
Straight 8 is the global one-super-8-cartridge-no-editing short film competition where the challenge is to make a short film on one cartridge of super 8mm film with no editing, no re-takes, no grade, no post-production.
The competition organisers process the film so the first time the boys will see their own film will be together with the audience, if they attend the Cannes Film Festival.
“I can’t wait to see the movie,” says Ollie. I’m so excited to watch it for the first time.”
Rumors is a short film about a man who runs a fish shop and the stories the local kids tell about him.
The movie features Billy Fisher, who says it was a fantastic experience, with filming organised down to the final frame- so there was no room for error.
“It was great fun,” says Billy. “But also challenging to be so organised. There is no take-two so we had to get it right first time. Nothing could be forgotten- it was a great achievement and to have been named in the top eight is incredible. I’m really looking forward to seeing the movie on the big screen.”
Ollie says the idea for the plot came from the unusual people he sees on the street
“They get a lot of judgement, especially from kids, who like to blow things out of proportion,” says Ollie. ” I want people to think about how we view those people, and how they’d feel if they knew. “
Ollie says he was disappointed to have missed out on a place at film school last year, and until now, had been questioning the direction his life was taking.
“This is not a ticket into the industry,” says Ollie, but it’s a fantastic opportunity for people to see my work.”
The boys are currently scraping together the funds and looking for sponsorship so they can attend their movie’s international premier, taking young Australian film making to the international stage.
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