Sunday, June 15, 2014

Chronicling 'The Little Death'

First of all we would like to apologise for our blogging hiatus! Leading up to the final weeks of uni for this semester, we've been pretty consumed with finishing off our last assessments and studying for finals, whilst trying to maintain some sort of sleeping pattern. Now that all this is coming to an end, we will hopefully be back to blogging more regularly, or at least until we leave for Europe (19 days!!).

So anyway, around about this time last year, I (Jess) applied for an internship to assist with costumes and wardrobe on the film set of an upcoming Australian film called 'The Little Death', which was to be the directorial debut of actor Josh Lawson ('Thank God You're Here', 'The Campaign', 'Anchorman 2'). A few days later I received a call to say my application was successful and asking if I could come along to 'Hero Frock Hire' the next week to start sourcing costumes. I was in absolute heaven walking into the costume warehouse, as it contained tens of thousands of garments and accessories ranging from mint condition vintage pieces to casual contemporary clothing more suited to our film. I helped out in the warehouse several times over the following fortnight, and I bet I only saw about 10% of the hire stock.

In the pre- production period, myself, and another intern undertook a lot of script deconstruction with the costume designer, Ingrid Weir, and costume supervisor, Elizabeth Franklin, in order to create a cohesive vision between us and across the film's intertwining plots. As an intern, I surprisingly held a lot of responsibility, with duties including: driving costumes and scripts, returning large purchases, assisting with cast fitting, altering costumes and experiencing the workings of a film set.

My time in pre- production and on set was invaluable and an opportunity I am so thankful to have received. 

So I was very excited when I received an invitation to the 'world' premiere of 'The Little Death', which would be the first showing to both the public and the cast at the Sydney Film Festival. We gathered a couple of friends and headed to Event Cinemas on George Street. I had obviously already read the script, so I didn't want to give too much away in terms of plot, and I hope that some of you will also see the film when it hits cinemas in September. So all I'll say is that it is an original, intelligent comedy, that delves into the lives of multiple young, Australian couples and their perverse desires, which results in unexpected twists and turns, leaving the audience in fits of laughter. 

If you would like to keep up with updates about theatrical release and to read a synopsis, please like 'The Little Death's' Facebook and Twitter pages.

Also for more information on the line- up of films being shown at the Sydney Film Festival and to purchase tickets, click here.

  ♪ Make It To Me- Sam Smith  ♪

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