Happy Feet writer’s Tango Underpants among films in ScreenWest’s crowd-funding initiative

A short film by the writer of Happy Feet and Master and Commander is among a selection of films selected in ScreenWest’s latest film initiative.

John Collee wrote Tango Underpants, about an Australian backpacking through South America who, after a bad break up discovers the tango and, according to the synopsis ‘the importance of the right underwear’.

The short film is one of 29 projects selected as part of a fund-matching initiative between ScreenWest and crowd-funding site Pozible, in which for every dollar raised by the selected projects through Pozible, ScreenWest will contribute three dollars.

With a pre-defined budget projects must be between $20,000 to $200,000.

West Australian culture and the arts minister John Day said: “Each project will have a set time frame – up to a maximum of 90 days – to reach their funding target, although the $250,000 will be allocated on a ‘first past the post’ basis.”

“Some projects will also proceed in a scaled-down version, using crowd-funded pledges once the pool is exhausted. The result will be more creative work, all chosen by audiences.”

Tango Underpants will be directed by Miranda and Khrob Edmonds, starring Emma Booth with cinematography by Oranges and Sunshine-shooter Denson Baker. The film is being executive produced by Tania Chambers, former CEO of ScreenNSW and ScreenWest, and Stephen Van Mil of Impian Films. The film’s total budget is $100,000 with $25,000 to raise through Pozible.

Other projects include; a web doco series with an interactive element on Australia’s top contemporary graffiti artists called Five Walking Walls; Grand City – an online multimedia crime story set in America in the 1940s; Ferals, which is a ‘zombie coming of age’ story; A short documentary based on surf photographer Russell Ord called ONe Shot – An Image and an Attitude; and a short film Derrick’s Farm starring David Wenham; and web series Zac and Me about a teenager Emma who negotiates life with troublesome imaginary friend Zac.

View the full list of projects.



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