A 15-minute short film set in Budgewoi, NSW. It’s an Australian Film, Television & Radio School production and Masters major work for the primary creatives.
Budgewoi Boy tells the story of a young man in a small town living in constant fear due to the effects of bullying. The film explores themes of humiliation, social ostracisation, fear and paranoia, and shows how these pressures transform the young man at the centre of the story. For him, the beautiful coastal town he calls home is filled with danger behind every corner: real and imagined.
Pre-production: Dec 2020/Jan 2021
Shoot 1: Feb 27 – March 2 2021
Shoot 2: June 5-9 2021
Post-production: July 2021
AFTRS deadline: October 2021
In 2019 I got into the Masters for Directing at AFTRS. Having never properly studied I felt being accepted into the Masters was a real accomplishment. Significantly, the school provides some financial support for our major projects, encouraging us to make films that can be launching pads into the industry. After a year of preparation, we headed into 2020 ready to shoot and were about to get started before I was forced to defer a year of study due to my father’s illness. He sadly passed away in July of this year.
In 2021 I will be returning to finish the degree and film that I set out to do so long ago now. I have used the time away from working on the project to refine the script and further my film studies, and I believe that coming back I am ready to make something really special.
On top of the limited financial support from the school, I will be trying to fundraise an extra 15k to help us with all the extra costs associated with the process of getting a film across the finish line. These include:
– Accommodation for cast and crew.
– Production and catering costs.
– Song rights to ‘I Love to Love’ by Tina Charles.
– Production Design and Art Department.
– Camera equipment.
– Post-production costs: colour grading, sound design & mixing.
The end result will be 15 minute short film which supporters will be able to see at a free screening in Sydney. We also hope to enter the film into national and international film festivals.