Facon featured on Omeleto

‘Facon’ was featured on Omeleto on Thursday 15th May 2020. The project was released several years ago, but it’s great exposure for the project! Always nice for projects to get an extended run. Have a watch! At present it’s getting close to 40,000 views!

It also got a lovely, and very complimentary, little write up:

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A woman must confess her love of meat to her vegan boyfriend before he meets her family.

Tia is in love with her boyfriend. There’s one problem, however: Travis is a devout vegan, and Tia is secretly a meat lover from a family of enthusiastic meat lovers.

But when Travis presses the issue of meeting her family, Tia finally invites him over for dinner. But doing so may potentially reveal her dark, secret truth, and derail an affectionate and promising relationship.

Director Joshua Dang and writer Felicity Pickering have crafted a nimble short comedy that is both a charming romance and a comedy of manners, especially in an era where lifestyle choices like diet are conflated with identity. It pokes fun at the growing chasms between different diet choices and the discourses that have sprung up around food, with both a warm understanding and indulgence for human foibles and vulnerability and an eye for gentle social satire.

The production begins a heightened sunlit quality and glossiness in the cinematography that takes its cues from breezy romantic comedies, featuring affluent characters living in urbane settings in adorably decorated apartments. But then it shifts into a more muted (though still polished) naturalistic look that shows Tia’s reality, which is still affluent and immersed in the lingua franca of social responsibility-cum-conspicuous consumption, complete with quinoa sushi and kombucha. There are other visual flights of fancy that take their cues from surreal horror, among other modes, but these bring Tia’s subjective emotions to life, gesturing at her anxieties, fears and fantasies.

The mix of visual approaches mirrors the different strands that structure the narrative. The arc is wrapped around Tia’s relatable fear of revealing her true, full self to her sweet, affectionate boyfriend, who may have a different set of values from her, and watching Tia navigate her dilemma is highly relatable and enjoyable to watch.

But tucked into that journey are sharp observations and clever moments of satire on the lifestyle and social identity we place around food. The storytelling clearly has a lot of fun skewering both sides of the meat/non-meat divide, though it never feels mean-spirited, thanks to smart and even-handed writing and performances. The actors, in particular, underplay the humor, even during the film’s reveries, and keep their pulses on the emotions between a couple navigating their first potential major obstacle — a roadblock that the film handles with an equally good-hearted but sharp lightness of touch and a bit of a wink as well.

In a blithe, breezy way, “Facon” acknowledges the complex role that food plays in human culture, history, community and self: it connects families, forms a point of mutual interest and experience during courtship and can an extension of values and identities. It is both a necessity that many go without, and a luxury elevated into art or totems of social identity. The film also has a keen intelligence in portraying how this complexity plays out, whether it’s in the trendiness of an eatery to a no-holds-barred reminder of the animal carcasses that our tidy little meats come from. These ideas intersect in a feather-light, witty way with how the stories of our lives play out, taking us in directions we don’t often expect or appetites we wouldn’t have imagined for ourselves.

http://omeleto.com/253152/

Facon gets special mention at Flickerfest and is included in Flickerfest National Tour!

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Two updates from the festival front! Facon got a special mention at the Flickerfest Green Flicks section. Joshua Dang, Barbara Ings and I were thrilled to hear it, since there were really really good films in the section. Greenflicks was judged by Costa Georgiadis, Gregory Miller and Kate Harris. The judges praised Facon for its sense of humour dealing with environmental issues.

We’re also really happy about how well the film played at all the screenings. The Short Laughs Comedy sessions were sold out and it was great to be alongside such hilarious company!

Facon at Flickerfest

Shaun Colnan, who starred as Travis, makes a short speech after Facon receives an honourable mention at the closing night awards ceremony. 

The other great news is that Facon has been chosen to tour nationally. The full tour dates can be seen here.

Flickerfest Closing Night 1

Me (Writer / Producer), Barbara Ings (Producer), Jane Watt (Tia), Costa Georgiadis (Greenflicks Judge), Shaun Colnan (Travis) and Kate Harris (Greenflicks Judge) at the Flickerfest Closing Night. Facon director Joshua Dang was sadly unable to attend.

Flickerfest Closing Night 2

Shaun Colnan (Travis), Barbara Ings (Producer), Me (Writer / Producer) and Jane Watt (Tia) at the Flickerfest Closing Night. Director Joshua Dang was sadly unable to attend.

Facon At Flickerfest!

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I’m thrilled to announce that the film I wrote and produced Facon is having it’s World Premiere at Flickerfest. It’s an amazing accomplishment for the director Joshua Dang, producer Barbara Ings and the whole team to have achieved. Come along to support the film and laugh enthusiastically at the jokes.

Flickerfest 2017 Festival Trailer from Flickerfest on Vimeo.

Facon is being featured in the Short Laughs Comedy screenings and GreenFlicks 2017, so there will be three screenings that you can attend:

Short Laughs Comedy – Fri 13 Jan, 8.45pm
http://flickerfest.com.au/programme/short-laughs-comedy-2017/
GreenFlicks 2017 – Sat 14 Jan, 4.30pm
http://flickerfest.com.au/programme/greenflicks-2017/
Short Laughs Comedy 2017 (repeat) – Sat 14 Jan, 6.30pm
http://flickerfest.com.au/programme/short-laughs-comedy-2017-repeat/

Tickets are $20 and it will be held at the Bondi Pavillion. Come along to watch some great comedy/environmental ideas and support the film!

http://flickerfest.com.au/film/facon/

24 Hour Party Playwright – Bondi Feast

Eleanor Roosevelt once said that you should one thing a day that scares you. Well on Friday the 18th of July this year I did something that frightened the hell out of me. I participated in a 24 Hour Playwright Party as part of Rocksurfer’s Bondi Feast. The event involved writing a play in 12 hours that was then performed by a team of actors the next night.

It was petrifying, exhilarating and a great exercise in learning to just let go and not self edit.

The resulting play was Object, a play about an advertising creative being taught a lesson from a man acting as a table at a trendy party. It was wacky and strange and I had so much fun. A massive thanks for Rocksurfers for letting me participate!

I was sadly unable to see the play as I was in Adelaide helping out with Playwriting Australia’s National Play Festival.

See below for some snaps from the performance!

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Facon is being made into a film!

https://vimeo.com/130881018

In 2013, I went to ATYP’s National Studio and wrote a monologue called ‘Facon’. In 2014,  the monologue was performed at ATYP in the show Bite Me and published by Currency Press. In 2015, ‘Facon’ is going to made into a film directed by Joshua Dang!

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working tirelessly to adapt Facon (which was an all-rhyming monologue) into a screenplay. After lots of hard work we’ve finally got it polished.

It was always a dream of mine to have ‘Facon’ made into a film so I am thrilled. Please watch the crowd funding campaign video above and donate if you can spare any money.

I’ll keep you updated!

http://www.pozible.com/project/197147