Re­turn to roots for di­rect­ing de­but

Cockburn Gazette - - FILM -

IF di­rec­tor Mar­ion Pil­wosky had never spent 20 years work­ing over­seas then re­turned home to Ade­laide, her film The Flip Side would not have ex­isted.

The in­dus­try vet­eran has six short film writ­ing/di­rect­ing cred­its and was ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on fea­ture films such as Ersk­ineville Kings, Be­ing Julia and Lit­tle Fish.

The Flip Side marks her fea­ture film di­rec­to­rial de­but and she made it in and around her home­town.

The story is about strug­gling Ade­laide restau­ra­teur Ron­nie (Emily Ta­heny) reignit­ing a spark with her ex-boyfriend and Bri­tish movie star Henry (Ed­die Iz­zard) when he re­turns Lit­tle Miss Sun­shine, Man­hat­tan, Side­ways and About Sch­midt, which are rooted in place.

“This is rooted in Ade­laide and South Aus­tralia; it is very spe­cific and I could not have done the film with­out the lo­ca­tion.”

De­spite work­ing on sev­eral projects as a pro­ducer, she knew di­rect­ing was her true call­ing.

“My father wrote a short story in the 1960s which I adapted into The Ride, which was shot in the UK and backed by the BBC,” she said.

“The mo­ment I started di­rect­ing I had an epiphany: ‘this is what I want to do the rest of my life’.”

The Flip Side Au­gust 30. is in cine­mas

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