Tal­ented film trio in con­trol

Cockburn Gazette - - LOVE LOCAL - Aaron Cor­lett

A DE­SIRE to have cre­ative con­trol over their projects has led three lo­cals to form their own film com­pany and it ap­pears to be pay­ing div­i­dends.

Bic­ton cou­ple Jen­nie Tkaz and Ben Matei and their friend Sean O’Ke­effe, from South Fre­man­tle, will have their short film Te­los screened at the Rev­e­la­tion Perth In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in July.

The trio formed Torch­bearer about 12 months ago and it has seen them film in ru­ral China to put to­gether a doc­u­men­tary about an in­ter­na­tional tai chi com­pe­ti­tion.

They also flew to Syd­ney last year as 2018 Aus­tralian Academy of Cin­ema Tele­vi­sion Arts (AACTA) Pitch fi­nal­ists pitch­ing ideas to pro­duc­ers.

The group writes, di­rects, pro­duces, acts and does all the back­ground tasks for their films.

O’Keefee de­scribed Te­los as a “funky genre mash-up” of Greek mythol­ogy, spaghetti West­erns and Love­craftian hor­ror.

“It’s our ex­plo­ration of this won­der­ful poem (Ocean Voung’s Telemachus) and the ques­tions and ideas it in­spired among us,” he said.

“At the same time it was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to play in all of these dif­fer­ent genre sand­pits. We love west­erns, so we got to shoot at Lancelin. We love hor­ror movies: Ben cre­ated an in­sane Xenomorph-in­spired head­piece with a fully body piece.

“For me, the won­der­ful thing about meet­ing Ben and Jen was to work with world-class ac­tors who can bring any char­ac­ter to life.

“To get it into a fes­ti­val where it’s go­ing to be screened in these big, beau­ti­ful the­atres, all of a sud­den you are a lit­tle kid watch­ing Raiders of the Lost Ark again.”

Tkaz said the trio formed the com­pany to take more con­trol in their ca­reers.

“It’s a way of getting con­trol of be­ing able to tell the sto­ries that you want to tell or play the char­ac­ters you want to play,” she said.

The Rev­e­la­tion Perth In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val runs from July 4 to 17.

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Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son Sean O'Ke­effe, Jen­nie Tkaz and Ben Matei are en­joy­ing great suc­cess since form­ing their own film com­pany. Their short film Te­los will be screened at the Rev­e­la­tion Perth In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

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