Synopsis: A young orphaned boy is placed in the care of his elderly Grandfather who lives on a rural property. He is shown an old well and makes a poignant wish, contained in a bottle, which he drops into the water. To his surprise, he receives a reassuring answer – a drawing with a message. The bottle dialogue continues and the boy is much cheered and reconciled to being with his grandfather. Years pass and a young adult, dressed in black arrives at the locked gate of the now disheveled property. He discovers the well and a bottle containing a message pops up to the surface. The contents delight him and he replies.
Andre Pearson (Young man)
This film was created for the 2017 Fleurieu Film Festival, with the requirement to include water in the story. I immediately thought of a well as the water source and located it in a magical wood that exists on a friend’s property near Kangarilla, South Australia. The magical nature of this overgrown wood led me to the idea that an ancient well could be a time portal, allowing communication over the years and in the case of this story, bringing happiness to a small and lonely boy and resolution to his bereaved older self. Our little boy, played by Oscar Pearl, was excellent to direct. He jumped in and out of his role as a professional, and followed the emotional trajectory of the story exceptionally well. Our Grandfather, Philip Duigan, who was the property owner, was ideal for the part as he is so proudly tied to the history of the place. Andre, our grown-up incarnation of Frankie, with no dialogue but lots of expression, was also able to immerse himself in the magic of the wood and the well.
Adam Ritchie has composed music for us many times in the past and I am always grateful at the way he meets short deadlines and produces the most appropriate score for the story and vision we give him.
Production Designer, Simon Tait, built the well over many days and it remains on the property as a feature.
In September 2019 I took over as Director of the Fleurieu Film Festival, a regional festival with its base in the countryside South of Adelaide South Australia. Before this:
2005: I completed a Graduate Certificate in Event and Festival Management which enhanced the skills to become a film producer, though I had been managing events for many years.
In 2013 I resigned after 20 years at Flinders University with the attention of becoming a film maker and studying at MAPS Film School where the highly practical training attracted me. I completed the Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media Production in 2015, having written, produced and directed a documentary about a book restorer and a tragic drama, With Grace.
Since becoming a freelance, I have worked with many of my MAPS cohort and increasingly with others to create, direct and produce mainly short film dramas.
In 2016, we made 5 short films. I produced all these, directed all but one and wrote many. These were self-funded, with some grant assistance for My Light arranged by the Fleurieu Film Festival and the MRC which we shot on Kangaroo Island.
In 2017 I wrote, directed and produced a short horror fantasy, Playing With Fire.
In 2018 I wrote, directed and produced two short films, a period piece drama, The Silent Song, and Future Harvest, a short horror film about the extreme consequences of climate change. I am the Producer of three others with Victoria Morgan (Mad as a Cut Snake), Simon Tait (The Ton) and Vincent Donato (Wong Tracks).
In 2017 I have also produced a web series of cooking demonstrations and the stories behind the cakes, for the BakingJust4Me project. 36 episodes are completed. These are being broadcast on Channels 44 and 31.
In 2019/20 I was co-producer, writer and director of a 30 minute documentary based around the owners of a historic mansion in Mount Barker, The Magic of Auchendarroch. The first screening of this occurs is planned for in February 2021.
I am working with Caroline Rowe and Rebecca Duncker on a new food/war on waste show for (initially) Channel 44 that has been funded by the Community Broadcasting Foundation. Shooting begins mid-January.
I am managing the progress of all the recent short films through film festivals and working on pre and post production of short films and a documentary.
Lady Film Festival - United States - 2018
Best Family Friendly Film (Carolyn Corkindale)
Southern Shorts Awards - United States - 2018
Best Sci Fi/Fantasy (Carolyn Corkindale)
Toronto International Spring of Horror and Fantasy - Canada - 2018
Best Short (Carolyn Corkindale)