Short film en­ters the home straight

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

FILM­MAK­ERS Kaleb McKenna (25), of Clare­mont, and Brett Dow­son (29), of Carlisle, never thought in their wildest dreams their film with a “com­ing out” theme would screen in Rus­sia and Jakarta.

Set­tingThemS­traight , about a man who comes out as straight to his par­ents, who then must deal with this new in­for­ma­tion, has screened in 16 film fes­ti­vals around the world, with In­dia lined up soon.

It has been picked up to screen at the St Kilda Film Fes­ti­val, which runs un­til May 28.

McKenna said it was an ex­cit­ing time for the cre­ative team, which made the film two years ago.

“It was almost two years from when we wrote it to when we shot it,” he said.

“I think we both grew up as peo­ple and film mak­ers (in that time).

“It was a funny idea in late 2012 and I think by the time we shot it in late 2014 we wanted to con­cen­trate on mak­ing the char­ac­ters feel au­then­tic.

“We de­buted at the Palm Springs Film Fes­ti­val and since then it has been in about 16 film fes­ti­vals in places like Rus­sia, Jakarta – places where these is­sues are preva­lent.”

Dow­son, who pro­duced, said the story was steeped in Aus­tralian cul­ture but the themes trans­lated to others.

“From our point of view these char­ac­ters are uniquely Aus­tralian but they’re def­i­nitely uni­ver­sal themes that we have touched on at a time that peo­ple are dis­cussing at the mo­ment,” he said.

Set­tingthemS­traight will be one of 100 short films, mu­sic videos, archival footage, in­ter­na­tional pro­grams, youth screen­ings and an ex­ten­sive film­maker de­vel­op­ment pro­gram in­cluded in the St Kilda Film Fes­ti­val pro­gram.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Paul Harris said he was de­lighted with the world-class line-up of short films.

The full pro­gram is at www.stk­ilda film­fes­ti­

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d454056

Di­rec­tor Kaleb McKenna and pro­ducer Brett Dow­son.

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