by M Mimo Mukii
Ended on July 11th 2018
Following mother and son, Mary and David, BLACKWOOD is comedy-drama set in small town Australia. The film intertwines spoken word with traditional narrative form to explore the intricacies of family, self love and empowerment, and more subtly; the social politics that exist within Australia.
It takes place over a day, and we follow Mary, an acclaimed author as she prepares for her first ever national TV interview. At the same time, we follow David, a 14 year old aspiring soccer player as he goes for a once in a lifetime tryout, attended by an international scout. Both events go incredibly disappointingly for each of them, yet they find comfort in each other at the end of the day, highlighting their resilience and ultimately; their achievement of self empowerment and worth.
This is simultaneously explored in the spoken word monologue which is going to be intertwined throughout. The idea is to have it brought in at three different moments throughout the film, with each time recontextualising the words based on what’s just come before it. The film is funny, wholesome, and feel good, essentially about loving the skin you’re in. It will also be in the smaller, more subtle details, that some much larger pictures and critiques regarding issues of our country are made.
With a fascination for storytelling since a young age, Kalu began his journey into filmmaking at 14 years old. With an interest in putting his own experiences on screen and a desire for honest storytelling, his body of work has very much reflected his personal journey. His entry into the broader film community, came in 2016 with his first public release; ‘ADA’, which took home the Bonus Best Film prize at the Made In Melbourne Film Festival. Although having actively written and directed in the time between, he has yet to release content publicly since. Despite this, he has gone on to collaborate on non-narrative works with Sony Music, Wondercore Island, and Rhythm Section Intl.
Mimo Mukii is a media producer and writer. She is currently co-producing ‘Her Words’, an intimate interview web series that shares women’s stories, and she writes for her blog, I See You, which reviews films from Africa and the diaspora. In 2017, Mimo was the Co-Director of the Melbourne-based film festival, Girls On Film Festival, where she combined her passions for film, feminism and community. Her short film, ‘TAKOT’, was screened at the 2017 Emerging Writers Festival, and she has produced community television programs with C31 and RMITV and interned on the Foxtel program, ‘OZ African TV’.
Gabriel Francis is a Naarm (Melbourne) based cinematographer and filmmaker. He collaborates with filmmakers who share an interest in character driven stories with an emphasis on rich visual storytelling. His award winning work across narrative shorts, documentary and fashion film has been exhibited internationally. His recent projects include ‘Allergies’ (Dir. Kirrilee Bailey – Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker MQFF 2018), ‘Skullcrush’ (Dir. Liam Fitzgibbon – MIFF 2017) and ‘The Days Pass Quietly’ (2017). His graduate film from the Victorian College of the Arts ‘Perisher’ is having its international premier at the 2018 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival.
With a scarcity of African-Australian media content, and too often disingenuous portrayals, our aim with BLACKWOOD is to re-contextualise the screen narrative we have in our country at the moment.
We are making this film from a place of empowerment. BLACKWOOD will somewhat be a reclamation of identity, and for us, it feels important to bring this story to life on the big screen to mark shifts in how we want our voices to be heard.
The film will screen at ACMI as part of the Victorian College of the Arts graduate program. Once it’s completed, we will be distributing to festivals both nationally and internationally.
We are committed to bringing BLACKWOOD to life in the most economical way that will do justice to its message. We intend to make use of the resources we have available, however, as with any film there will be costs which you can still help us with…
– Locations & Accomodation ($1500)
– Travel ($200)
– Catering for the cast & crew ($500)
– Film stock and developing ($2000)
– Film Scanning ($800)
– Equipment hire ($500)
– Costumes ($150)
– Production Design ($500)
– Professional sound recordist ($400)
– Crowdfunding commission costs ($450)
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Dear Blackwood supporters,
Just a quick update from us!
Blackwood is having it's international premiere at the 43rd Atlanta Film Festival (www.atlantafilmfestival.com) in the USA. Blackwood will be screening on April 6th as part of the Self, Assured program of narrative short films.
Writer/Director, Kalu Oji, and Producer, Mimo Mukii, will be travelling to the festival with the support of Screen Australia.
We are so proud to have our first screening overseas and at our first Academy Award Qualifying Festival. We could not have done this without you! Thank you all again for your support.
We have also decided to reactivate the private link for another ten days in case anyone may have missed it the first time.
Please find it here: https://vimeo.com/307617934.
The password is: blackwood2018. Again, as we are still in the festival circuit, it is very important that you don't share it publicly, but feel free to enjoy with friends and family.
Follow Blackwood short film on Facebook (www.facebook.com/blackwoodshortfilm) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/blackwood.shortfilm) to keep updated with future screenings.
The Blackwood Team
Hello! We are excited to announce that we have started shooting Blackwood! We are shooting the film on location in Daylesford, Victoria for 4 days. This is now Day 2 of our shoot and we are so excited by our lovely crew, amazing cast and beautiful locations!
Thank you all again for your support, without you, this wouldn't be possible! We are so excited to show you the final film, but in the meantime we will keep you updated with some behind the scenes shots. These pics are by our 2nd AD, Ivy Mutuku.
Love from the Blackwood Crew
Thank you so much to our followers and supporters. We are so grateful to you all for helping us make this film, it means so much to us!
We are very close to reaching our goal of $7000, and we only have 5 days left. If you can, please send our campaign to someone who you think may also enjoy it.
We can’t wait to start working on the film and show you the final results!
Lots of love,
BW family xoxo
We're in our final three days of our campaign and our goal is in sight! If you know anyone who you think would be interested in the project please feel free to forward the video on, every little bit of support goes a long way.
Can't wait to start shooting!!!
BW family 🙂
Thank you for such an amazing response so far - we're almost half way there!
We really appreciate your donations, it's has been incredibly encouraging and supportive. If you can, please share the page with someone who you think may also enjoy it.
Lots of love,
BW family :)