Filmmaker by night, DJ by day
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.
Kaleb McKenna with Tamsin the cat.