Film­maker by night, DJ by day

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

OFF the back of a suc­cess­ful web se­ries, up and com­ing Perth film­maker Kaleb McKenna’s film Set­ting Them Straight will pre­miere at Palm Springs Film Fes­ti­val in Cal­i­for­nia in June.

Com­edy has al­ways been a top pri­or­ity for the 24-year-old, who started do­ing stand-up com­edy as a cre­ative out­let while com­plet­ing his com­merce de­gree at the Uni­ver­sity of WA.

“Grow­ing up, I was al­ways the per­son who got into awk­ward cir­cum­stances; I like to put my char­ac­ters in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions,” McKenna said.

Set­ting Them Straight tells the story of a young man com­ing out of the closet as straight to his par­ents af­ter living the ma­jor­ity of his life as gay.

“It is es­sen­tially about how par­ents live vi­car­i­ously through their kids,” McKenna said.

“If he’s no longer gay they will lose what makes them spe­cial and dif­fer­ent.”

Palm Springs is one of the top 10 big­gest film fes­ti­vals in the world but McKenna’s film will be trav­el­ling to Cal­i­for­nia with­out him.

“I work in the David Jones menswear depart­ment – I still need to pay the rent!”

The project re­ceived the ma­jor­ity of fund­ing from the WA Film and Tele­vi­sion In­sti­tute and McKenna’s own crowd-fund­ing project cov­ered the re­main­ing costs.

Ac­cord­ing to McKenna, there are not many laughs when it comes to the busi­ness side of be­ing a com­edy writer.

“You can’t plan any­thing. It’s two years work for three months pay. That’s frus­trat­ing,” he said.

Last year McKenna co-wrote Four Quar­ters, an AFL-based web se­ries funded by Screen Australia and Screen West.

Set­ting Them Straight is on at the Rev­e­la­tion Film Fes­ti­val from July 2 to 12.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d438260

Kaleb McKenna with Tamsin the cat.

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