Claire Harris

Screen & Photography

Zelos – feature film

A man who would never cheat is asked by the woman he loves to sleep with someone else to save their relationship — a compromise which may ultimately destroy them as love becomes corroded by jealousy.

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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’

THE PROJECT

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 SUPPORT

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.

www.zelosthemovie.com

www.facebook.com/zelosmovie

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Claire Harris

Location

NSW

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Screen & Photography

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Claire J. Harris is an award-winning film producer and writer of fiction and screenplays, who has spent the last decade travelling, working and writing around the world.

Her short stories and creative non-fiction have been published in Australia and abroad, including for Matador Network, Subtle Fiction, Gravel Magazine, Free State Review, Digital Americana and The Big Smoke, as well as a regular travel column in Litro Magazine. In 2018, she was awarded first place in the Amnesty International Blogging Competition and Runner Up in the GMW Emerging Writers Competition.

Her first feature film Zelos was released in 2017 – which she wrote and produced. She holds a Masters in Writing, and a Graduate Certificate in Screenwriting from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Claire is currently based in Melbourne where she works as a copywriter and screenwriter.

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