VCA grads make dystopian teen drama

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Short film, The Neon North: Sacrifice caters to young people who do not see much Australian cinema directed for them, says film’s award-winning producer Prachi Vasant
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Short film, The Neon North: Sacrifice caters to young people who do not see much Australian cinema directed for them, says film’s award-winning producer Prachi Vasant

The Neon North: Sacrifice, a dystopian teen drama, about Luna, a cadet who is determined to rise through the army ranks to live a life of freedom and status, even though the work is brutal and the price for survival is other people’s lives, is in post-production and will be ready by the end of November to be showcased at the ACMI theater at the beginning of December in Melbourne.

Short film, The Neon North: Sacrifice caters to young people who do not see much Australian cinema directed for them, says film’s award-winning producer Prachi Vasant
Phoebe Nell Williams

“This film is a teen drama and is mainly catering to our younger audiences that don’t see much of Australian films directed for them,” says Prachi, a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Masters in Producing.

Writer and director Phoebe Nell Williams, whose previous film The Shadow Boxer was screened at St Kilda Film Festival 2017 for Australia’s Top 100, says that while doing her thesis on how Australian films find mainstream audiences, one of the biggest revelations was the lack of films for young Australians.

“Teenagers are enthusiastic consumers of screen content and we owe it to them to create high quality stories. I am writing a trilogy of features set in The Neon North world, and this short film will give our audience an idea of what is coming next, and give the film industry an idea of what we are capable of creating,” says Phoebe. “The final product will be a 10-minute short film about the point in our lives when we see the world for what it is. A film not just made about young people, but for them,” adds the VCA graduating Masters director.

Short film, The Neon North: Sacrifice caters to young people who do not see much Australian cinema directed for them, says film’s award-winning producer Prachi Vasant
Prachi Vasant

Prachi has produced several short films such as The Suburbs Go On Forever, a 13-minute short drama film shot on the RED Epic camera and based on the facade of a suburban family, which won her Best story at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema London 2016 and was screened in festivals around the world. Her seven-minute fantasy short, Transaction, based on child soldiers and water bottle trafficking in nowhere land was selected for the 5th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival in India.

Prachi has produced music videos and television commercials for the Indian film industry. “I love Bollywood and hope to connect the Australian film industry and Bollywood together,” she says.

 

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