Caught Short


The Caught Short Film Festival screens on the first Thursday of each month at the TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst.

Caught Short is not a competition! It is a supportive space where film makers can screen their work and be involved in valuable discussion with an audience and other filmmakers.The Caught Short screenings are intimate and inclusive. The TAP Gallery is a community arts space and provides the perfect place for film makers to become accustomed to public screenings, whilst providing the opportunity to network with other artists, filmmakers, actors, festival organisers and many more.

Jameson Films – idea two


Film Competiton – Idea Two 

Deep beneath the city is an old river, older than memory, it is memory. 

Story focuses on a small group of urban explorers. This group find their way into  places that they’re not meant to be. A montage of shots establishes that they know what they’re doing. During an urban exploration trip they find a cave-in and a crystal clear river running through a small cave.

Urban explorer [John] drinks from the river and within minutes is doubled up in pain. The pain stops as quickly as it arrives and Jane reaches to lift him. When they touch there is an invisible exchange, hands clasp and they are pushed away from each other. John has absorbed all of Jane’s thoughts and memory, leaving her with no memory.  

In secret, John gathers memories (we get flashbacks into their lives), leaving a trail of memory-less people in his wake until he touches a severely disabled man (like Stephen Hawkins) on a tube who has the most extraordinary mind but is unable to communicate it. He takes on all of his memory and tells the world his secret gift; he is kidnapped, experimented on and ultimately left in a cell to go insane. 

Jameson Films – idea one


Film Competition – Idea One 

A young girl is found screaming at the bottom of a well and is rescued by a young woman. The girl cannot remember who she is or where she is from, an instant bond is formed. The girl shows her a world she had always overlooked, the secrets of nature we overlook. Every day miracles.

The story gathers pace when the community take an interest in the young girl and both are taken for witches by the small minded locals. The woman professes their innocence before there is an impromptu execution of both the woman and the girl. The community returns to normal when strange things start happening, an old woman is possessed and starts talking like the young girl, fires start in cold food, children go blind and animals start to attack each other.

A young man is visited in a dream by the young woman and told to gather their ashes and spread them to the winds. He does. Evil stops happening. The field the ashes fall upon blossoms the next spring with the most amazing flowers. A child goes to pick a flower and is instantly stung by a group of bees. No one picks flowers any more. 

Cut to modern day and in between buildings there is a high wire fenced area, beyond is the garden of flowers, still the same, we see a young boy talking to a young girl who we don’t see, pan out and the girl is our young girl who runs off through the flowers…screen fades.

Jaws and bunnies


Because life is too short not to watch a 30 second re-inactment of Jaws by bunnies. Look out for the rabbit at the end and click on him for the greatest dance.

Sydney screenwriters


Do I have to be a screenwriter to enter?
Absolutely not! No experience necessary, just a good idea with an unexpected ending in less than 200 words.Oh, and you must be over 18, but you shouldn’t be here if you’re not!
Who is judging the ideas?
There are two rounds of judging. All the initial 200 word entries will be read by a group of professional script-readers, writers, directors or producers. They will gradually get the list down to eight finalists.The final eight screenplays will be judged by a panel of well-known industry professionals. We are just getting this group together so we’ll let you know who they are shortly.
Why is Jameson doing this?
Jameson Whiskey is involved with film in lots of different countries, sponsoring the Tribeca, Dublin and Toronto film festivals, amongst many others. In 2008 Jameson became the official spirit of Tropfest.To build on this association with film in Australia Jameson wanted to offer a prize that would inspire anyone with a good idea, whilst highlighting the usually forgotten role of screenwriters. We want to demonstrate that we are serious about supporting the independent film community by providing the money and opportunity to get your film idea made.
Who is John Jameson Productions?
JJP is a subsidiary of Jameson Whiskey in Australia, established to facilitate this screenwriting competition. It is not an actual film production company. It is the name given to the group of people who are supervising the competition and then bringing the team together to produce the films.
Are the ideas for advertising?
Yes and no. There is no requirement to feature a bottle of Jameson or the logo in your film idea. The only requirement is an unexpected ending. In fact JJP would like these films to go on and be a success in their own right outside of any marketing uses.However, Jameson Whiskey does want to be able to show the films anywhere it sees fit for marketing/advertising purposes and they will always be attributed to JJP.
Where will the films be shown?
This is yet to be finalised. But there are a number of potential distribution channels: At film festivals in Australia and hopefully abroad too. Certainly online, perhaps on TV or in Cinemas, perhaps on promotional or retail DVDs. Even potentially on mobile phones or other mobile devices.
Who owns the copyright?
Always a tricky issue! We are asking in the terms and conditions that during this competition, any ideas you submit are exclusive to this competition. If you do not get picked as a finalist you can do with your idea whatever you please.Finalists, we again ask that while your screenplays are being judged, you do not send them to anyone else. At the appropriate time, the winners will be required to sign a contract with the various parties involved in making the films, to define exactly who owns what and with what rights. As the writer you will be involved in the production of the film, working with the director and producer.
Who is producing the films?
Under the name of John Jameson Productions there will be a number of people and companies involved with production the 3 winning films. Including, but not limited to a Director, an Executive Producer and a post-production house.
How far does $20,000 go?
It sounds like a lot, but in the world of film it doesn’t last long! We are not producing Batman or Lord of the Rings here so be mindful in your submission of critical elements that are clearly over the top.”Open on 3 helicopters over the Olympic Games” for instance will not get far.
What is not acceptable?
Although Jameson wants to give you as much creative flexibility as possible, there are certain common-sense issues that will not be acceptable. Under-age drinking or anything to do with glamorising alcohol consumption will not be short-listed.
Similarly, we want these films to be acceptable to the general 18+ audience, so anything X or R rated or with excessive violence or unacceptable language will probably not get through.

Sydney Underground Film Festival 2008


Last year was pretty good, the highlight being Tin Can Man which still haunts me.

 Details for this years entries are harder to come by as the team are off in the Yukon filming the Northern Lights and a load of other interesting shots no doubt… more info as it happens.

Jabba, eat your heart out


In their own words. We’ve just finished a custom-designed desk for Mark Hall of the Grammy Award winning group Casting Crowns.  Mark wanted something truly unique for his home theater and studio office and we think this work of art is just that!

Sundance 2008




While this has nothing to do with Sydney, I will be watching these from the comfort of my sofa in Sydney. Tentative link I know. 


Here are the films that will compete at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, along with their directors’ names. Of the 64 titles, 44 are world premieres, while the others are U.S. premieres. Visit Sundance’s website for more info on each of the films.Documentary Competition

An American Soldier, directed by Edet Belzberg.
American Teen, Nanette Burnstein.
Bigger, Stronger, Faster, Christopher Bell.
Fields of Fuel, Josh Tickell.
Flow: For Love of Water, Irena Salina.
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Alex Gibney.
The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, Lisa F. Jackson.
I.O.U.S.A., Patrick Creadon.
Nerakhoon (The Betrayal), Ellen Kuras.
The Order of Myths, Margaret Brown.
Patti Smith: Dream of Life, Steven Sebring.
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, Marina Zenovich.
Secrecy, Peter Galison and Robb Moss.
Slingshot Hip Hop, Jackie Reem Salloum.
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, Katrina Browne.
Trouble the Water, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal.

Dramatic Competition

American Son, Neil Abramson.
Anywhere, U.S.A., Anthony Haney-Jardine.
Ballast, Lance Hammer.
Choke, Clark Gregg.
Downloading Nancy, Johan Renck.
Frozen River, Courtney Hunt.
Good Dick, Marianna Palka.
The Last Word, Geoff Haley.
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Rawson Marshall Thurber.
North Starr, Matthew Stanton.
Phoebe in Wonderland, Daniel Barnz.
Pretty Bird, Paul Schneider.
Sleep Dealer, Alex Rivera.
Sugar, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
Sunshine Cleaning, Christine Jeffs.
The Wackness, Jonathan Levine.

World Cinema Documentary Competition

Alone in Four Walls (Allein in vier wänden), Alexandra Westmeier, Germany.
The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins, Pietra Brettkelly, New Zealand.
Be Like Others, Tanaz Eshaghian, U.K.
A Complete History of My Sexual Failures, Chris Waitt, U.K.
Derek, Isaac Julien, U.K.
Dinner with the President, Sabiha Sumar and Sachithanandam Sathananthan, Pakistan.
Durakovo: The Village of Fools (Durakovo: Le village des fous), Nino Kirtadze, France.
In Prison My Whole Life, Marc Evans, U.K.
Man on Wire, James Marsh, U.K.
Puujee, Kazuya Yamada, Japan.
Recycle, Al Massad, Jordan.
Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains, Gonzalo Arijon, France.
Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma, Patrick Reed, Canada.
Up the Yangtze, Yung Chang, Canada.
The Women of Brukman (Les femmes de la Brukman), Isaac Isitan, Canada.
Yasukuni, Li Ying, Japan.

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Absurdistan, Veit Helmer, Germany.
Blue Eyelids (Párpados azules), Ernesto Contreras, Mexico.
Captain Abu Raed, Amin Matalqa, Jordan.
The Drummer (Jin gwu), Kenneth Bi, Hong Kong/Taiwan/Germany.
I Always Wanted to be a Gangster (J’ai toujours rêvé d’être un gangster), Samuel Benchetrit, France.
Just Another Love Story (Kaerlighed pa film), Ole Borendal, Denmark.
King of Ping Pong (Ping pongkingen), Jens Jonsson, Sweden.
Máncora, Ricardo de Montreuil, Spain/Peru.
Megane (Glasses), Naoko Ogigami, Japan.
Mermaid (Rusalka), Anna Melikyan, Russia.
Perro come perro (Dog Eat Dog), Carlos Moreno, Colombia.
Riprendimi (Good Morning Heartache), Anna Negri, Italy.
Strangers, Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv, Israel.
Under the Bombs (Sous les bombes), Philippe Aractingi, Lebanon.
The Wave (Die Welle), Dennis Gansel, Germany.
The Wind and the Water (Burwa dii ego), collective collaboration, Panama.