BEN YOUNG

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Hounds of Love, a sub­ur­ban hor­ror set in Perth’s sum­mer of ’87, took last year’s Venice Film Fes­ti­val by storm – and, less than six months later, saw its maker whisked to the Ser­bian set of Hol­ly­wood-fi­nanced Ex­tinc­tion. Ben, an ac­tor-turned-writer and di­rec­tor, made his sur­prise smash with the help of an AU$750,000 gov­ern­ment grant, and had Stephen Curry and Emma Booth star in his pow­er­ful – al­beit dis­turb­ing – de­but fea­ture. He’s cur­rently in post-pro­duc­tion for Ex­tinc­tion in Los An­ge­les.

DO­ING A STU­DIO MOVIE IS RE­ALLY DIF­FER­ENT

to do­ing an in­de­pen­dent one in Aus­tralia. There’s nine pro­duc­ers, stu­dio ex­ec­u­tives, their bosses... Whereas with Hounds of Love it was re­ally just me and one pro­ducer, Melissa Kelly. It’s much harder to make the film the way you want to make it over here. Thank­fully I’ve been lucky enough to work with great pro­duc­ers in the US, which re­ally makes a big, big dif­fer­ence.

LOW-BUD­GET FILMS NEED TO STAND OUT,

so I wasn’t go­ing to be shy with the themes I wanted to ex­plore [in Hounds of Love]. That was the thing that scared a lot of peo­ple off it. It was re­ally dif­fi­cult to get ac­tors to want to be in it, be­cause they were so con­fronted by the ma­te­rial… Every­body wants you to make a film that stands out, but they don’t want you to of­fend any­body.

THE OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES STARTED COM­ING WHEN WE WENT TO VENICE.

A few peo­ple walked out, but I thought the film played okay. Then we went to a lit­tle party, had a few drinks, and [when] I woke up the next day [I] had 97 missed calls on my phone. Ev­ery agent [in LA] was chas­ing me down. It opened the door to the USA for me.

MY AD­VICE TO FILM­MAK­ERS IS [TO] JUST KEEP DO­ING IT.

I made eight short films, 35 mu­sic videos, three TV shows and God knows how many com­mer­cials, all be­fore I got my first film up, and al­most ev­ery­thing stank. But I got so much plea­sure out of work­ing on it that I was al­ways go­ing to keep do­ing it.

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