Short film enters the home straight
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 filmfestival.com.au.
Director Kaleb McKenna and producer Brett Dowson.