Top-notch op­por­tu­nity for young WA pro­ducer

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

AT just 25 years old, Lau­ren Brunswick can­not be­lieve she is about to pro­duce a TV se­ries for SBS.

The West Perth res­i­dent won the Young Film­maker of the Year Award, as well as the best di­rec­tion for short form award at the an­nual WA Screen Awards in June.

Brunswick said Top Knot De­tec­tive, which she is pro­duc­ing as a se­ries for SBS, was the first short film she had ever di­rected.

“It was such a flip­pin’ shock,” she said. “I was also nom­i­nated for the young film­maker award last year too. A pro­ducer has never won it and it has al­most al­ways gone to guys.”

Brunswick said she found the process of mak­ing a liv­ing from films daunt­ing at first but chalked her suc­cess up to be­ing head­strong.

“…although

my boyfriend would prob­a­bly say ‘stub­born’,” she said.

“I, at 25, shouldn’t re­ally have a TV se­ries.

“The mar­ket is re­ally open­ing up with the in­ter­net; we have mul­ti­plat­form films, online dis­tri­bu­tion is mas­sive and we have to com­pete.”

Brunswick, who is a board mem­ber of the Film and Tele­vi­sion In­sti­tute (FTI), said Perth had al­ways had an in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive film and TV in­dus­try, prob­a­bly be­cause it was so iso­lated.

She was also one of 14 pro­duc­ers ac­cepted into the 2015 Screen Pro­duc­ers Aus­tralia Ones to Watch pro­gram that will see her travel to the US to at­tend meet­ings in LA and New York for the de­vel­op­ment of a fea­ture film she is pro­duc­ing.

“My men­tor will help de­velop the pro­grams and get them mar­ke­tready,” she said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d440897

Lau­ren Brunswick won the WASA Young Film­maker of the Year award last week.

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