Bulli Ten Alphas film producers could be heading for the Oscars | Mercury of Illawarra


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A film production house Bulli and his team celebrate after becoming the first Australian entrant to win the Grand Prix in the international competition, at the world’s biggest short film festival in France. Nick Bolton and Jess Milne of Ten Alphas, worked on the production of MATE, a 30-minute drama that follows reserved schoolboy Jack (played by Jeremy Blewitt) as he reunites with his estranged, ‘no-hoper’ father John (played by Joshua Brenan). It was filmed in Western Sydney and looks at masculinity and maturity in a changing social landscape. Read more: Concerts return to Wollongong venues in March Bolton, who was executive producer, said he was ‘still pinching himself’ in this month’s win at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival . Over the years, 191 Australian films have been shortlisted and won 12 awards, but MATE is the first Australian short to win the Grand Prix, qualifying it for Oscar and BAFTAS entry. Read more: New festival to open new Bundanon museum and bridge “This film was right in our sweet spot as a lot of our work is in this space of social impact, we love to create content that tries to make the difference,” he said. “I’m drawn to projects that deal with the human condition, human relationships, that try to improve relationships. I like projects that make us look at ourselves in the mirror a bit.” He said the filmmakers who have won over the past 40 years have been the “who’s who of European cinema”, with the accolade acting as a “springboard” for people’s careers. Around 7,000 entrants reportedly submitted their films for the competition and only 76 were chosen as finalists. “It’s really great to see our film, which deals with deeply Australian social issues that resonate so strongly with international audiences,” said Ben Tarwin, who co-wrote the film and co-screenwriter. and executive producer. “We’re a bit shocked by this, to be honest, and incredibly honored.” Bolton said the victory already opened more doors for the Ten Alphas team, as they were in pre-production for their next feature which he described as his “love letter to the Illawarra”. “It’s about the artists of the territory, the role of the artist in a regional territory with the struggles and the challenges.” The Illawarra Mercury newsroom is funded by our readers. You can sign up to support our journalism here.



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