Local film finalists in festival
Saturday, 2nd November, 2019
By Myles Burt
Finalists Annette Herd and Jason King will be premiering their short film ‘Flawed’ at the Perfect Light Film Festival.
Winning out against 100 other entries, the duo have been chosen among 11 over finalists to screen their work tonight in Sturt Park.
Ms Herd and Mr King teamed up last year after attending PLFF’s Sunday workshop provided to locals to acquire insider industry knowledge around filmmaking.
The film is Ms Herd’s first ever screenplay which has also made the short list for Tropfest and become a finalist at the Blue Heeler Film Festival.
“Now we’re finalists here in our hometown so that’s really exciting,” Ms Herd said.
Shooting the film in one day and editing it all together the next day, the filming and production process took the team a very quick two days to complete.
Ms Herd and Mr King enlisted the help of locals Brad McLachlan, Bruce Green, Angus Defranceschi and John McLeod with Perilya even offering one of their houses up for the day for them to film in.
“It was a team effort, I couldn’t have done that on my own,” Ms Herd said.
Being a finalist three years in a row at the PLFF, Mr King said it’s the first story collaboration he’s done for the festival.
He is very happy to see ‘Flawed’ become a finalist.
Mr King said it’s been fantastic how the festival has not only provided a networking avenue between locals, but has also driven local filmmakers to put their ideas into action after attending the festival workshop.
“They pretty much said you’ve got a guy here who wants to act, some one here that writes, you’ve got a camera, why don’t you guys just make something, there’s no excuse,” Mr King said.
“I think that’s the biggest lesson I’ve learnt out of it, you can’t just wait for all the traffic lights to go green before you leave the house, you’ve got to get in the car and go.
“Short films are a really great way to dip your feet in and test ideas, you learn something every film you make.”
Writing seriously since 2014, with two volumes of poetry published and a novel on the way, Ms Herd said she has been inspired to write more screenplays after being announced as a PLFF finalist.
“It gives you credibility, it gives you momentum and you can build on that,” Ms Herd said.
Ms Herd and Mr King’s short six-minute film ‘Flawed’ will be screened at the Perfect light Film Festival tonight in Sturt Park, with the festival starting at 6pm.