Griff The Invisible team look to create feature version of The Mechanicals

The writer/director and producer duo of an Australian short film which screened in competition at the 2005 Venice Film Festival are looking to create a feature version of the story.

Leon Ford, writer and director of Griff the Invisible, told Encore he and producer Nicole O’Donohue are currently shopping a feature version of their short The Mechanicals at various international film markets.

Ford said: “We started in Cinemart in Rotterdam and we went to IFM in New York, where we had great responses. Also  Nicole was in Cannes recently. It’s just about keeping up a presence.”

The duo have secured international sales agents Paris and New York-based Memento Films, who worked with Cate Shortland on Lore.

The Mechanicals is about factory workers who secretively work within the walls of houses, operating everyday appliances.

O’Donohue produced Griff the Invisible as well as Ford’s short Katoomba and Nash Edgerton’s Spider.

The film hasn’t yet got local distribution, but Ford said he hoped to be shooting in the next year.

The Mechanicals was the only Australian film to screen in competition at Venice Film Festival 2005.

The original film featured Dead Europe’s Ewen Leslie, The Slap’s Anthony Hayes, Griff the Invisible’s Anthony Phelan and Justin Smith, currently filming Around the Block.

Ford told Encore it was too soon to lock any actors in, but he wanted to keep as much of the original cast in as possible.

Yesterday saw the launch of Ford’s other project Monday Bites, a series of two minute comedy sketches every Monday morning on ABC’s iView.


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