My role as the 2010 Royal Randwick Ambassador gave me a little insight into the passion surrounding the world of racing … and the early start to the day! So I set off at 5am for a long train trip from Paris to Deauville to film a horse auction at Arqana, one of the world’s largest auctions for thoroughbred yearlings. This beautifully designed auction showroom by Francois Champsaur is so theatrical I could easily imagine Cate Blanchett or Judy Davis or my Dad making an entrance from one of the wings – instead I was enthralled by the most magnificent thoroughbred horses!
La Meme Nuit (2007) 18 min
Writer/Director/ Associate Producer
Barry Otto stars as the concierge of a grand apartment building where he closely observes and stage manages the lives of its residents as if they are all members of his extended family. However, one night when some of the younger members become involved in a series of complicated liaisons, he believes they should be taught a lesson!
Broken Beat (2005) 11min
Will and Jacob are lovers but are worlds apart. Will is a golden boy, tall, fair, and accustomed to success. He is loved by his family, has "come out" to his parents, but conceals his homosexuality from his colleagues. Jacob on the other had is as dark as Will is fair, of a large hardworking Italian family who could never accept his homosexuality.
Francois’ own beach house in Marseilles was the location of this film. Inspired by Wim Wenders’ amazing documentary Pina I invited the supremely talented Katharina Christl, Principal Dancer at Ballet National de Marseilles to choreograph a dance video through the house. Francois believes in allowing the space to become a living creation in design and this collaboration was beyond inspiring! After a rainy day shooting interiors we were blown away by a glorious pink sunset over the Mediterranean, with dark storm clouds and lightning strikes as a backdrop to Katharina’s dance finale on the open balcony!
Seamstress (2010) 18 min
Chaotic Pictures and John Jameson Productions A beautiful seamstress is observed feeding and luring birds into her home by her elderly bird-loving neighbour. As he is drawn into her strange and exotic world, he discovers that the birds hold the key to a future he could never have imagined.
Tango Trois (2006) 8 min
Writer, Director, Producer, Editor
Tango Trois is my award winning thesis film from Sydney Film School. It has screened successfully in many festivals in Australia and internationally including Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, Palm Springs and Cannes. Students were limited to 10 minutes of film stock to create thesis films - a rigorous exercise in filmmaking.
Kill Blondes 2004 7min Kill Blondes is a short video metafilm made for the English Extension 2 HSC subject. It is densely referenced intertextually with signature visuals appropriated from the iconic cult films of Kubrick, Madonna and Tarantino. Through postmodern pastiche, fragmentation and film language the film explores the psychologically complex and imaginative journeys of a young Australasian schoolgirl coming to terms with her awakening sexuality and independence. Her journey is shown through a triptych of chapters.