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Refuse Classification – A Short Film

Refuse Classification was born from an inspiration to show how the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has, and continues to, negatively impact how western screens depict queer relationships, and sex in general. It’s also a comedy.

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Refuse Classification was born from an inspiration to show how the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has, and continues to, negatively impact how western screens depict queer relationships, and sex in general.

Originally devised as a short play for a Sydney-based festival cancelled by COVID-19, the creative team have redesigned the project for film, keeping all creatives involved.

Funds from this campaign will enable the project, paying for equipment, location fees, pre and post-production and a 3-day shoot with fees paid to artists and crew.

Campaign will run for 60 days, with plans to start pre-production and rehearsals in September and shoot October 2020, with post beginning right away for a finished film ready in December.

Poly, bisexual and queer audiences struggle to find depictions of their lives on screen without restrictions and often with condensed or diminished representation due to a flawed and outdated ratings system. This US-based system affects the honest portrayal of non-heteronormative relationships globally, across film, television and now streaming content.

This particular film is an exceptional opportunity for the company and artists involved to adapt their theatrical practice for a new art form. Working with the director of an award-winning short film (Chris Elena, Audio Guide) Refuse Classification has pre-selection at film festivals in Australia and the USA, and a bright future exists for this and future work from the team.

Funding bodies in Australia no longer support stand-alone short film projects. Short films provide invaluable opportunities for emerging artists to explore new fields, grow skills, and tell stories unable to be told elsewhere. This is a short story but it’s an important one and we want to share it with the world.

This is the first of three planned film works engaging Rogue Projects, director Chris Elena and Sydney-based story tellers whose theatrical works have been displaced by the COVID crisis.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR – CHRIS ELENA

Chris Elena began his career studying Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. His first short film The Limited, premiered at the Queensland Film Festival. His most recent short Audio Guide won the Best Actress prize at the Sci-fi Film Festival in Sydney, was nominated ofr Best and premiered in the USA at Cinequest in March 2020. Chris regularly shoots on Super 16mm film and has a working relationship with both Kodak and Panavision to support his projects.

Follow Chris on IMDb, Twitter and Instagram

ABOUT THE WRITER – BRADFORD ELMORE

Bradford is an emerging Kentucky-born playwright who found his forever home in Sydney almost eight years ago, and his passion for playwriting not long after. A graduate of Western Kentucky University he is one half of the duo behind the ByTheBi Podcast, recently nominated for an Australian Podcast Award and winner of the 2019 X Award for Journalism. He is a passionate advocate for the bisexual and allied community. Since partnering with Producer Robbi James in 2017 Bradford has developed several new works, Gravity, Terrible Twos and Refuse Classification. The first work, Gravity, was selected for the 2019 Mardi Gras Playlist by director Kate Gaul, was shortlisted for the 2020 Australian Queer Playwriting Award, and is currently in pre-production with director and dramaturg Anthony Skuse and Rogue Projects.

Rogue Projects is an award-winning independent theatre and film producer based in Sydney’s vibrant inner west. We’ve been around since 2015, with our first productions produced under our original name, Company of Rogues. Today, ‘The Rogues’ are busy making art with a commitment to Invisible Artists and Untold Stories.

Previous work includes producing the inaugural Pioneer Play Festival and productions of Morgan Stern (Belvoir Downstairs, Edinburgh Fringe, Undercover Artists Festival); Bedlam Cabaret Series (Red Rattler) Boy Out of the Country (Bondi Pavilion); Ginger, Brunette, Black Blonde (FringeHQ); and Gravity Guts (Sydney Fringe, FringeHQ – winner, NIDA Best Emerging Artist; nominated, Best in Theatre Sydney Fringe Awards).

The company works long term with artists to create original stories for our stages. Since 2018 The Rogues have supported the development of Peter Maple’s Peacock (continuing), Ginger, Brunette Black Blonde (Staged), and Little Girl Lost in partnership with Matriark Theatre Company and director Scott Parker. With Bradford Elmore we’ve supported new writing projects Refuse Classification (in production); Gravity (continuing); Terrible Twos (now in pre-production for stage) and Kevin and the Monster (continuing). The company recently began working with Mike Walsh Fellowship winner Drew Wilson on a new adventure for children, The Jilted Curse. A short film adaptation of Ginger, Brunette Black Blonde is currently in development.

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Links

Artists Website
https://companyrogues.com/