The film within a film, ‘Il Taglialegna’ chases the budding romance of two modern-day teenagers though the nostalgic cinema and projection room of Sydney’s Iconic ‘Hayden Orpheum Cinema’ into the eerie 1930s Italian countryside. Questioning the curse of the rare 1930’s film reel in their possession, the teens discover the horrors of the woodcutter as the boundaries between reality and fantasy become beautifully blurred. Directed by Thomas McSweeney, Produced by Kieran Cato and written by Ross Hubbard and Tommie McSweeney.
Every year Screen Australia provides funds to the Screen Network for Raw Nerve, a nation wide production initiative, which provides emerging filmmakers in each state with the opportunity to make their first professional film.
Each Screen Network organisation supports the production of three films of up to ten minutes long with script development advice, mentoring by active industry professionals, with a cash budget of $4,000 per film and an in-kind equipment budget.
By giving emerging filmmakers the chance to show what they can do, numerous filmmakers over the last ten years have begun their careers with a Raw Nerve film.
Screen Network is the collective term for the screen resource organisations that exist in each state in Australia.
- Metro Screen (New South Wales)
- Media Resource Centre (South Australia)
- Wide Angle Tasmania
- Open Channel (Victoria)
- Film & Television Institute (Western Australia)
Keep an eye out for films from around Australia broadcast nationally from April 2014.