Raw Nerve was an initiative funded by Screen Australia aimed at enabling emerging filmmakers to make a short film.
For the last three years of Raw Nerve the films have been screened on ABC television and iView.
Of the films completed in 2015 Olympic Nick: A Donutumentary and Big City are both screening in the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival. Olympic Nick: A Donutumentary was awarded a Gold Remi award at World Fest in Houston.
Smut Hounds (2014) was screened at six film festivals, including Melbourne International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival. Writer/ Director Sari Braithwaite was awarded an AFTRS Creative Fellowship.
A Clean Break (2014) was screened at the St Kilda Film Festival and the Amarcort Film Festival in Italy.
Small (2013) has screened in US festivals in Palm Springs, Cleveland and the Rocky Mountains.
RAW NERVE 2015
The 2015 Raw Nerve finalists were:
OLDER & YOUNGER
Director: Jamieson Pearce
Producer: Georgina Hall
Writer: Alexandra York
OLYMPIC NICK: A DONUTUMENTARY
Director: Rachel Morssink
Producers: Ian Tran and Tessa Mansfield-Hung
Writer / Co-Director: Jordan Bond
Co-Director: Lachlan Ryan
Producer: Jarrod Theodore
The three teams worked with Open Channel to create a short film based on this years theme of “One Night”, with the finished films to be screened on ABC2.
What was Raw Nerve?
Raw Nerve was an initiative funded by Screen Australia aimed at emerging filmmakers, enabling them to make a short film (5-7 mins) on digital video. Every year, Raw Nerve gave three filmmaking teams, who had never previously produced or directed a film with full or partial financing from a government film financing agency, the chance to move from no-budget filmmaking to a more professional approach. This was achieved with the help of a small budget, as well as equipment, technical support, advice and guidance from Screen Australia and Open Channel.
Past Raw Nervers
2014 (THEME – SECOND CHANCE)
– Seventy Seven seconds of celluloid that scandalised a government and transformed Australian cinema
Writer / Director: Sari Braithwaite
Producer: Britt Arthur
A CLEAN BREAK
– Breaking up with your vacuum cleaner can be a messy affair
Writer /Director: Jay Adshead
Producer: Lynnette Lai Suet Lynn
– A desperate man steals his way in to a family home
Writer / Director: Francis Rule
Producer: Andrea Distefano
2013 (THEME – BEST DATE, WORST DATE)
– A young woman unintentionally alienates her date by pandering to his dwarfism.
Amy is excited about her first date with Bill, a guy she met online, but she’s nervous about being politically incorrect towards his dwarfism. In a misguided attempt to show Bill she’s open minded, she panders to his small stature in a series of ridiculous and alienating ways.
Director: Summer DeRoche
Writer: Christian White
– Nadia and Tom have a great thing going since they met online until they actually start to talk.
Nadia and Tom have been rendezvousing at a classy hotel once a week on their lunch break for mind blowing sex but have never really spoken to each other. When Tom plucks up the courage to ask Nadia on a proper date the two become entangled in a very modern version of the age of battle of courtship threatening to ruin everything before it’s begun.
Director/Writer: David Willing
Producer/Writer: Ian Hillman
DINNER FOR THREE
…Two’s company, three’s a date.
A mid 20’s Uni student, Archie, happens across an upper class restaurant where his girlfriend is on a date with another man. Instead of making a scene, Archie joins them for dinner and attempts to salvage his troubled relationship, dragging the threesome into a hilariously painful fine-dining experience.
Director: Joel Kohn
Producer: Tom Davies
Writers: Tegan Higginbotham, Dylan Watson, Joel Kohn
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