The 7 weeks in Tasmania working alongside my brother Dan as he directed The Hunter were a treat. Our lead actor, Willem Defoe, was a huge asset to the film; hard working, committed to his role and a pleasure for the whole crew to work with. We immersed ourselves in the beautiful and diverse Tasmanian landscape during the shoot, and I bush walked and explored further on my days off. Principal photography went very well and brother Dan is currently in the editing room working hard on what I believe will be a stunning film.
With funds running low, and no new film projects presenting themselves, it became necessary for me to get some work happening locally. The ever faithful State Theatre Company of South Australia offered me the contact for their opening production The Misanthrope. I was also not to proud to pick up jobs as a wedding, garden and social photographer, and I continued to do gardening work for my friend Pete’s companyYardstick. Also, stilt walking work with the Knee High puppet company came up, this time I was a 12 foot android entertaining crowds at a street festival. My step father also employed me to work for one week on his wonderful flower farm on the New South Wales south coast. On the farm my stilt walking prowess also comes in handy as I am able to find and pick ripe flowers from the very crests of the larger Protea plants, on a pair of dodgy stilts that I threw together in the shed, strapped to my legs with tape.
Four films I worked on will be opening over the next couple of months, and the publicity machines are starting to fire up. The Eagle opened this week in the US and the final poster is a montage of several of my images. In a rare treat, I am getting a photographer credit on all the photographs that get published in the US media, something that rarely happens in Australian and the UK. Oranges and Sunshine, Attack the Blockand The Eye of the Storm have all released great trailers and new stills of mine are appearing on-line all the
It was late February before I finally secured a next film project. Writer and director Rolf de Heer gave me my first feature film stills job back in 1999 and over our 4 projects together has definately given me some of my most memorable film making adventures. Having not been available for his last two productions, I was delighted that he contacted me again. My next film is now looking like now being The King is Dead, shooting in my home town Adelaide, but it doesn’t start for 2 months. Anyone need a wedding photographer, on stilts?