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Shame

Shame is a non-stop feature film that follows the deadly fallout between two women when an online journalist tries to force a failed police woman into a tell-all interview.

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Shame stars two of Australia’s best actors – Nadine Garner and Samantha Cain – in a gripping thriller with incredibly high stakes.

STARS & STORY

When a police woman (Nadine Garner) fails to act at a shooting, a journalist (Sam Cain) who is struggling to get back into her profession after having children tries to force an interview. The journalist pushes her luck too far and risks the safety of her husband and children when the police woman forces the journalist to walk a mile in her shoes.

THE AUDIENCE

This film is aimed at a general audience 18+ and stands out for its centering of two women in the kinds of powerful roles more often reserved for men. Anyone who has seen Nadine and Samantha perform knows how much emotion and intelligence they bring to their performances and, after a recent read-through, we feel very lucky to have them – we honestly can’t wait to see them bring this story to life on screen.

We shoot in February & March 2021 for a June release.

THE WHY

Shame matters because it examines how people the world over damage others online without a second thought and without accountability. And, seriously, it’s way past time 2 female protagonists of this magnitude were showcased in an Aussie film. Shame is also a platform for inclusive casting and elevating less seen actors of great talent.

The film’s action takes place over one night and is almost dream-like at times, metaphoric of the online world. This is a very contemporary story that never lets go of its audience.

The arts sector in Victoria has suffered in an unprecedented way due to the shutdown of the state. The heart of this project is to creatively collaborate on something that will actually happen so we don’t have to just rip 2020 off the calendar and bin it.

THE HIGHLY EXPERIENCED TEAM

We are blessed with a truly amazing cast and crew of wonderful professionals who’ve worked on shows from Dr Blake to Phryne Fisher to Ten Canoes to Upgrade, and everyone is gifting large amounts of their time and goodwill to make this happen.

DONATIONS WILL elevate the production values & cover costumes, locations, catering, safety, Covid protections etc. We have self-financed as much as we possibly can to support the cast & crew, and we will deliver a film that punches well above its weight. Another priority is to bring emerging talent along. Our director’s attachment Eva Torkkola was nominated for AWG & ADG awards for her graduating short, this is the 2nd feature for our prod manager Alice Chaston, and Kim’s 1st go as 2nd AD.

Shame will hold its own alongside other big screen thrillers & draws real attention for its daring approach. Nadine and Sam are incredibly excited about roles that are so unexpected in Australian film, and our award-winning director Scott Major, award-winning cinematographer Tony Gardiner, and award-winning designer Ben Bangay, have a stunning vision for the movie.

IMPORTANTLY, donors will be credited (at their discretion).

MORE at https://www.facebook.com/ShameTheMovie or write to smallcowproductions@outlook.com

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Christopher Gist is a stage and screen writer and producer.

In theatre his work has been performed at a range of festivals including the Queensland Music Festival, Tasmania’s Festival of Voices, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the Melbourne Fringe Festival, the Queensland Cabaret Festival, and the BL-NK project at Cube Space London.

In screen Chris has commissioned and executive produced some of Australia and NZ’s top dramas and he is currently progressing two features films, one supported in development by Screen Australia. His warmly-received comedy short film The Op Shop was invited to over 30 local and international film festivals and was awarded at eleven of them.

Chris is a member of, and literary reviewer for, the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, and he is completing a PhD researching feature film development.

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