Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d460819

TIDE di­rec­tor Alex von Hof­mann and pro­ducer Kate Separovich at Coogee Beach.

A still of ac­tor Adam Perkins at Coogee Beach.

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