Zelos is an independent feature film about coming of age in your thirties.
Bernard is the thirty-something he always planned to be. He has a successful career, a meticulously neat beachside apartment and a hairstyle with just the right amount of gel. He adores his girlfriend Sarah who’s about to move in when she returns from overseas.
But Bernard’s pristine existence is turned upside down when Sarah confesses her holiday romance. To salvage the relationship, Sarah insists they equal the playing field: Bernard should sleep with another woman.
zelos: from the Greek – meaning ‘zeal’ and ‘ardour‘, but also ‘jealousy’ and ‘suspicion’
Zelos is a project helmed by women, with a majority female crew including our two producers, director, writer, cinematographer and editor. It was written by Claire Harris and directed by award-winning filmmaker Jo-Anne Brechin.
Jo-Anne and Claire met in 2013 while studying screenwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Inspired by the Mumblecore movement and DIY filmmakers such as Ed Burns, the Duplass Brothers and Lynn Shelton, we made a pact in 2014 to make Zelos ourselves within two years.
In January 2016, we co-produced and co-financed the shoot of Zelos ― attracting a cast of exciting Australian talent, led by Ben Mortley (Lantana, McLeod’s Daughter), Shannon Ashlyn (Wolf Creek 2, Love Child) and Jeanie Drynan (Muriel’s Wedding, Paperback Hero).
We completed the shoot in just 18 days with a passionate team, and thanks to dozens of friends and family members who helped us out with cooking, catering, set dressing, carrying equipment, sourcing props and costumes, and the myriad tasks that go into the making of the film.
At the end of last year, Definition Films (The Water Diviner, Ruben Guthrie) lent us their support ― which not only meant top-notch equipment for the shoot, but an edit suite ready for us to begin cutting the film straight away.
We have now finished a rough cut, and all we need is a final push to bring Zelos to completion and show it to the world.
Your generous support will enable us to cover the costs of post-production, so we can finish the film to the highest quality. These costs include a final edit and colour grade, as well as sound design and a soundtrack in collaboration with award-winning composer Roger Mason (The Code, My Place).
Your donation will also contribute to the costs of distribution, allowing us to bring Zelos to the widest possible audience and screens around the world. With your help, we’ll be able to submit to prestigious film festivals both in Australia and overseas ― such as the Sydney Film Festival, South by South West, Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto Film Festivals.