TIDE TURNS FOR UNFUNDED SCRIPT
COOGEE Beach has featured in a short film which premiered overseas.
The beach was selected by East Victoria Park writer and director Alex von Hofmann and producer Kate Separovich as the location for their film Tide, shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival this month.
The 12-minute film follows a reckless lawyer left to die at sea after upsetting the wrong people.
The film’s draft could have been left unused after it missed out on Screenwest funding.
But Von Hofmann said the team behind it was determined to see it brought to life.
“It is really challenging making a film without funding,” he said.
“Everything you imagined doing with money suddenly has to be solved another way.
“It requires a trust in each other that we can all pull some magic out of the hat and make something worthwhile.
“We loved the script so we had to make the film, just to see it made if nothing else.”
Separovich said some night shooting was done in a swimming pool.
“With all the shark attacks that happened in 2014 we were a bit too scared to get out in the water at night,” she said.
“The scariest part of the shoot for me was when we went out to Cockburn Sound on the boats and threw our lead actor Adam Perkins overboard and then drove the boat away.
“I never took my eyes off him once and could feel my heart racing until he got back into the boat.”
Separovich, a Munster resident, said the team “spent ages” scouring the Perth coastline for a location with a jetty and pier to shoot, not realising the perfect spot was right in their own back yard.
“We did some test footage and I sent it to a friend who has sailed from America to Australia,” she said.
“She was convinced we were miles offshore.
“As long as we filmed at a certain angle we could really achieve the look we wanted.
“Fortunately Cockburn is a really film-friendly council, so it made it easy to film there.”
Tide was screened alongside 106 other films at the Vancouver International Film Festival in early October. It was well received, validating all the effort behind it.
Tide will have its Australian premiere at the Dungog Film Festival in New South Wales on Friday. For information, search Tide – Short Film on Facebook.
TIDE director Alex von Hofmann and producer Kate Separovich at Coogee Beach.
A still of actor Adam Perkins at Coogee Beach.