Opening Night + Networking Party

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Indie Gems Film Festival

Opening Night + Networking Party

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 11 September 2014

Join us for Opening Night, where we’ll screen some of Australia’s best new short films and web-series, followed by a fun networking event designed to have you meeting other like-minded indie filmmakers as well as key industry decision makers. The after party includes catering provided by Grill’d Parramatta and after party drinks!

For information on the Opening night short films and webisodes, please refer to the tab

Dates & Times:
Thursday 11 September 7pm



Director: Kiah Roache-Turner
Producer: Tristan Roache-Turner
Writer: Kiah & Tristan Roache-Turner

Barry is a talented mechanic and family man whose life is torn apart on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. His sister, Brooke, is kidnapped by a sinister team of gas-mask wearing soldiers & experimented on by a psychotic doctor. While Brooke plans her escape Barry goes out on the road to find her & teams up with Benny, a fellow survivor – together they must arm themselves and prepare to battle their way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters in a harsh Australian bush land.


Screening Episode 1 & Episode 2
Ep1: Sarah Comes To Stay
Ep2: Paul Comes Too Soon

Created by Ben Mathews, Claire Phillips, Jon Dalgaard, Reece A. Jones & Tom Keele

Paul and Sarah are old friends from uni, but when Sarah comes to stay, Paul decides to move them out of the friend-zone and into… the sex-zone (his words). But Paul doesn’t have the right moves so he decides to grab his chance, quite literally, by the boob. Cue scenes of disastrous lovemaking of epic proportions that threaten to end the friendship forever.

BEDHEAD is a five part web series that allows the audience to hear the embarrassingly honest thoughts that people think when they end up together in bed. Staring Paul Ayre (#7DaysLater), Sarah Bishop (Skitbox), Andrew Steel (Deadbeat Dads) & Jody Kennedy (A Moody Christmas) as four twenty-somethings experiencing the ‘Worst. Sex. EVER.’

#BEDHEAD Coming soon. A little too soon.

Additional info:
BedHead, a five part web series, was selected for Fresh Blood which is an initiative from ABC TV and Screen Australia. Starring Paul Ayre (#7DaysLater), Sarah Bishop (Skitbox), Andrew Steel (Deadbeat Dads) and Jody Kennedy (A Moody Christmas), BedHead allows the audience to hear the embarrassingly honest thoughts that people think when they end up together in bed. BedHead is created by Ben Mathews, Claire Phillips, Jon Dalgaard, Reece A. Jones & Tom Keele. Episodes one and two will be screened at Opening Night.


Director: Jo-Anne Brechin
Producer: Jo-Anne Brechin
Writer: Jo-Anne Brechin

Logline: A young boxer is forced to fight – and kill – for his Father’s love.

This Dog’s Life is the story of a young boxer desperate to win his Father’s love. His Father, who doubles as his coach, is a tyrant who will not tolerate failure. When the Boy is forced to fight an opponent twice his size, his chances of success are slim. Any hopes of impressing his Father are further squashed when the Boy’s greyhound fails to win at the track. With his shotgun in hand, the Father takes the opportunity to teach his son why one must not fail and what happens to those who do.


Director: Miranda Edmonds and Khrob Edmonds
Producer: Stephen Van Mil and Tania Chambers
Writer:  John Collee

After a bad breakup and too long on the road, Carolyn – a young Australian backpacker – has completely lost her mojo. But that all changes when she reaches Argentina, land of the Tango. Here she not only discovers the wonders of the dance and the people, but also the vital importance of the right underwear!

Additional info:
Tango Underpants, starring Emma Booth (Underbelly III, Cloudstreet, Clubland), is a short film about rediscovering your mojo – and the right underwear! Tango Underpants is co-directed by Perth siblings Miranda Edmonds and Khrob Edmonds, photographed by award-winning cinematographer Denson Baker ACS (Oranges And Sunshine, The Black Balloon), and proudly produced by Feisty Dame Productions’ Tania Chambers and Impian Films’ Stephen Van Mil. Is has screened at prestigious festivals around the world including Palm Springs International ShortFest 2014, Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2014, 2014 St Kilda Film Festival and was nominated for four awards at the 26th annual WA Screen Awards including Best Short Form Drama.

Indie Gems 2014 package from $145

–          Buffet breakfast for 2 adults & 2 kids
–          2 kids stay free*
–          Complimentary internet

For bookings, contact hotel reservations on 02 9890 0850 or email

*Conditions apply, Subject to availability. Children under 16 years of age, using existing bedding with paying adults. 

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