Sunday, June 14, 2009

"Beautiful" Selected For Shanghai - Jump Street Films

Just re-posting for a friend... Congrats Jamie!!!


Jump Street Films and Kojo Pictures today announced that Dean O’Flaherty’s debut feature BEAUTIFUL has been invited to screen at the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival, to run June 13-21.

This comes off the back of a successful international premiere last month at the Newport Beach International Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Sales agent Maximum Films has just sold the film to France and all French-speaking European territories, to add to further recent sales to Japan (where it is scheduled for release in August), Poland, Middle East, Russia, Mexico and HBO Eastern Europe.

Searing and luscious, BEAUTIFUL tells the story of Daniel, a shy and introverted 14 year old boy residing in Sunshine Hills, a suburb living in the grip of fear following the rumoured abductions of three teenage girls. Daniel’s two main obsessions are photography and Suzy, a 17 year old Lolita, a dangerous combination of youth and sexuality. Using his crush to her advantage, Suzy asks Daniel that in exchange for her friendship he must bring her secrets and photographs of the neighbours and houses that surround them. Thus begins a journey into the underbelly of suburbia, taking them on the trail of a could be killer – and what starts out as an innocent summer holiday becomes anything but, leading them from childhood fantasy and into the harsh reality of the real world… one of savagery and murder.

Upon its Australian release earlier this year, many reviewers compared O’Flaherty’s filmmaking style to that of independent American master David Lynch. A visually stunning hybrid of genres that controversially goes behind closed doors to show what really may be going on in our neighbours’ homes, it’s a bold debut for the Melbourne-based writer/director who previously distributed and sold films as diverse as “Irreversible”, “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”, “2:37”, “Noise” and “Bobby”.

Featuring an original score by Paul Mac, BEAUTIFUL stars Peta Wilson, Deborra-lee Furness, Tahyna Tozzi, Asher Keddie and Sebastian Gregory.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Blessed Beyond Measure

Welcome everyone to another chapter in the saga of my semi-interesting life. I cannot stress this enough, but, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking it out with me as I continuously dip in and out of a literary absence.

As odd as it may seem; Life and Times in Hollyweird has seemingly weaved its way into the mass paraphrasing queries of "would-be" screenwriters from all across the globe. Google has been kind to us.

So, straight-away to the good news, if I may...

Life has been interesting to say the least. Within the last year, I've gone through a series of extreme highs and unfortunate lows.

I've gotten sick - recovered - relapsed - recovered and to my dismay; found a job - climbed the proverbial ladder - kicked down doors - found new opportunities relating to my experience as a dinky screenwriter - exploited my talent - and now waiting for the "big break".

I'll be discreet, but only for the sake of the almighty "don't jinx yourself" theory. Not a believer? Google it...and while your at it, Google "keyboard cat" you will not be disappointed, I promise.

Great things are coming. Please continue to support those who are in pursuit of a dream. I'm a fan of positive reinforcement and as cliche as it may can really do anything as long as you set your mind to it. Keep faith my friends!
Thank you to all the people that have helped made my life easier to understand. I don't even know if that made any sense...

Dave Brewer, Mervin Ho, Dennis Benson, Derrick Oliver, Jeremy Ian Thomas, Rich Araujo & The whole Edifix Team, April Wade, Louie, Joey, Josh and Family, Tim Lee, Vince Trujillo, Jason, Anthony Cincotta, Mom & Dad...the list goes on.

Stay tuned folks. This is about to get interesting.

A quick favor...
Watch these movies:
April Showers & Junction (produced by my super friend: The fantastical April Wade)

John Darko