Networking

GRRL POWER BERLIN

NPG are happy to announce that Director Sarah Jayne will be heading to Berlin with Daughter as part of GRRL HAUS CINEMA in May. The all female event supports DIY and underrepresented female artists, and holds monthly film screenings at underground cinemas and art spaces within Berlin’s most artistic and buzzing suburbs.

Sarah Jayne has ben selected to take part in GHC's "2 Week Intensive Screen your Film Seminar, which means Daughter will screen twice in Berlin, in just 2 weeks. This includes an individual self curated event with Q&A at a soon to be announced art space.

The two weeks in Berlin will also give SJ a chance to network at events set up by Grrl Haus Cinema, shoot her own film, explore the city and take in the culture , promote her work and NPG, while meeting like minded filmmakers and being immersed in film.

The event prep has begun, and both SJ and NPG are super excited about the opportunities this residency will generate.

To keep up-to date with the Berlin adventure, follow SJ on Instagram as she hopes to document her adventure on social media as it happens.

Daughter Takes the First Public Step Towards Education

It is a totally amazing feeling as a film maker to see your project and short film up on a screen in front of the Holmesglen Waverley Tafe students being used as an educational tool, and part of their assessments for the Justice course.

I can't even begin to tell you how content my heart and soul are right now. To have Daughter achieve so much already. To have this tough little film from St Kilda make changes to peoples thoughts and to educate these young minds on the affects of gendered violence and victim blaming in our communities is a very rare and special opportunity.  I feel so grateful. 

Today at Holmesglen I was so nervous before I was even in the auditorium, I had to tell myself that what I am doing is very important and that this is the start of something very big. I had been anticipating this screening for the last few months and like other screenings it went too quickly. 

Tamie Cousins talking about attitudes, norms, behaviours and practices that support violence

Tamie Cousins talking about attitudes, norms, behaviours and practices that support violence

The students filled the auditorium around 10am and their teacher Tamie Cousins began by introducing Ivan and myself and talking a bit about Daughter and how the film fits into what the Diploma and Advanced Diploma students are currently learning in their Justice Course. 

Stats on violence towards women and men from the Our Watch website were shown and the numbers are alarming. An explanation on what gendered violence is, how many women are currently reported as affected by gendered violence on the streets and most importantly the attitudes, norms, behaviours and practices that support violence was mentioned, all linking back to Daughter.

I then had my chance to speak about why I wrote Daughter and what my inspirations  and goals were for the film before Daughter was shown to the class of around 90 students and teachers. 

Sarah Jayne talking about Daughter, why she wrote the script and the characters. 

The Q and A that followed had the students asking the most wonderful and thought provoking questions such as "Did you go into the Gatehouse with any of your own prejudices?" and "Why was the film shown from the perspective of just the three women, why not the perpetrators view". Some of these questions really got me thinking about how I can expand the film into a feature, a thought I have had many times the last couple of months and also how I can show a different view on gendered violence. 

I was blessed to have also received fantastic feedback on Daughter through the survey I handed out to the students as well as the teachers. They answered questions about how they believed Daughter was affective to their learning and if they felt Daughter should be used as a teacher's aid and part of the curriculum. A few of them said the film is good for secondary schools, they wanted to see more of the film and that they found sympathy with the character of Jemma. 

There are 94 surveys to continue reading though and I will get to that perhaps tomorrow. NPG now have to work on the Daughter tour, but this test run really was worth doing. From here we also have a connection through Tamie, which will open more doors in education for Daughter and help me to work on a new School Press Kit to spread the word nationally. 

More photos can be found under Gallery

From St Kilda to France

Bonjour!

Myself and Nexus Production Group's Ivan Malekin will be in Cannes on the last leg of our Honeymoon and it just so happens that we planned to visit Cannes and the famous Cannes Film Festival before heading home. What a way for two film makers to end a honeymoon!

Since we made it into the Cannes Short Film Corner with Zina, our film which was shot earlier on in 2015 before Daughter, we thought we would enter Daughter too- any chance to market two NPG films while across the other side of the world is a win. Festivals were not a big part of my plan for Daughter but some once in a life time opportunities can't be overlooked.

Two days after sending though the application we received word that Daughter was selected. Super exciting!

Daughter in the Cannes Short Film Corner catalog under Drama, Social

Now the hard yards will begin. We will have to sell the films, network and get people to watch both Zina and Daughter in the hope that someone sees potential in our work. This is an opportunity that Nexus Production Group are very grateful for, a long time coming too but all worth the wait.

The festival runs during mid May. Ivan and I pick up our passes on May 15th from the venue and from the 16th we have access to the grounds and the opportunity to meet influential people from all over the world and other film makers. If we are super lucky we will have the chance to party with some of them in the evening, share a drink at the bar and attend some black tie parties. My dresses are all ready picked out.  

We are glad we have a couple of friends, another film making duo from Melbourne also attending the festival and they have been before, so we will be representing Melbourne Indie Film.

We have heard from people and actor friends who have been that the experience is unlike anything else and we are sure that this is an opportunity we will take full advantage of and never take for granted. This will be our greatest adventure. 

I look forward to blogging here when I return and of course sharing some pictures of Ivan and I on the famous red carpet. 

Let the adventures begin!