by A Andrew Kirkman
DOUBLE BLACK is the confrontation of fear.
DOUBLE BLACK follows Michael. After a suicide attempt, Michael is dragged against his will by his mate Gaz, an energetic, mens-rights-advocate, firebrand patriot, true blue aussie on a mountainbike trail ride. The ride is as hellish as Michael could have imagined, as he braves the challenges of the ride, Gaz’s nauseating banter and his own depression… However, unbenknownst to Michael, Gaz has a surprise in store for him…
Based on an award winning screenplay of the same name, DOUBLE BLACK is a (very) dark drama/comedy/sports film about mountainbikes, masculinity and modern man. It is written in a similar themeatic vein to films like “Fight Club” and “In Bruges.” At times slow and contemplative, at others blindingly fast and frenetic; DOUBLE BLACK is styled to reflect the suffocation of depression and conversely, the thrill of the ride away from it…
#metoo and other social movements have generated heated discussion on the nature of masculinity; leaving a confusing open question… where does a flaw begin and a utility end?
DOUBLE BLACK intends to generate greater awareness about mens issues, the correlation between masculinity and suicide, as well as reflect how increasing political polarisation is affecting young men today.
Men’s significantly higher rate of suicide is a taboo topic due to disparate explanations of its causes, responsibilities, biology and cultural implications. Furthermore, increased antagonism between the political left and right are not mundane every-day disagreements on policy but instead speak to deeper emotional discontentment with our lot in life and anger at the cultural status quo. DOUBLE BLACK aims to reflect societal masculine malaise in an engaging, humourous, and inspiring way.
WRITER/DIRECTOR – Andrew Kirkman
Andrew Kirkman is currently completing his undergraduate in Direction at the Victorian College of the Arts. He is an experienced Gaffer and Director of Photography and has been working on student, independent and television productions through his time at the Victorian College of the Arts. Currently Andrew is working as Gaffer for the latest series of Industry Leaders on Foxtel. In his spare time, he enjoys reading history and riding his mountainbike very fast down hills, sometimes he doesn’t fall off.
PRODUCER – CJ Welsh
CJ is a Melbourne based producer, who graduated from a Masters of Producing at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2017. He was awarded Producer of the Year 2016 and had three films selected for the St Kilda Film Festival Australia’s Top 100 in 2017. His film Creating a Monster was officially selected at Byron Bay Film Festival and subsequently was distributed by Ronin Films. In 2018 his film Feast on the Young was officially selected at Fantastic Fest, Dances with Films and Brooklyn Horror Film Festival.
In January of 2018 he Co-Produced his first feature, a micro-budget film titled Disclosure.
Prior to this his background is in mixed media, producing original online content tailored to niche audiences, such as a Facebook live show clips and a small but successful YouTube channel.
He loves high concept drama and his goal is to develop genre Film and TV concepts in Australia with international appeal.
PRODUCER – Phoebe Van Min
Phoebe Van Min is an Australian Director currently studying at the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne. She grew up in Far North Queensland in the Daintree Rainforest, 100km from the nearest cinema, which encouraged her love of film and to create content far from where it could be viewed. She regularly collaborates with Andrew, concentrating on films about women’s issues. She loves directing females and has made many short films with leading female characters including her film ‘It’s Only You’ which hopes to break societies misconceptions about abortions and promote women’s choice. With every new film she makes, Phoebe hopes she will begin to further understand the female psyche in creating and writing films that fuel and inspire women to continue being their wonderful and beautiful selves.
CINEMATOGRAPHER – David “Parky” McRobbie Park
David, or Parky to anyone who knows him, is a Melbourne based cinematographer who has captured images for Channel 31, Beyond Blue, The Ripple Effect and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Parky recently graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts studying Film and Television. He won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography at the 2017 VCA Graduate Film and TV awards as well as the 2018 Creative Journey award for recognition of his work during his time at the VCA. Recently Parky’s cinematography for I’m Not Hearing You and The Fantastic Life of Dom Dominik both received an award of recognition at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival. Parky and Andy have collaborated on short films in the past, and he is excited about working together to explore some new camera techniques on set of Double Black. Parky is currently working as the cinematographer for the latest series of Industry Leaders, showing on Foxtel. Parky enjoys cycling and decorating Christmas trees.
PRODUCTION DESIGNER – Elena Lyons-Dawson
Elena recently completed her Master’s in Production Design for Screen at VCA, Elena has worked in a variety of roles within the Art Department as well as a concept and storyboard artist for features, tv and short format productions. Her background in fine arts and sculpture has given her strengths suited to constructive problem solving on set and a great love and care for her work.
LOCATIONS ($2000) – We will be shooting out on some of Victoria’s greatest and most stunning MTB and downhill trails, all of which will require permits and an army of safety staff.
Equipment Hire ($3000) – Our action and stunts will require multiple camera angles in order to make the most of the time we have on location.
TRANSPORT ($500) – Transport to and from rural locations for cast and crew will be of an absolute necessity.
STUNTS ($2000) – We will need to pay stunt professionals in order to pull off our insane riding sequences.
CATERING ($500) – Filmmaking and riding is hungry work!
PRODUCTION DESIGN ($600) – The aim of Double Black is to innovate narratively and technologically. We need to make a rotating room, Elena is already across the details and Parky already put his Dad to work to basically create a robotic camera rig… look it’s hard to explain but it’ll look great.
Crowdfunding Comission Costs ($450)
There always other hidden costs as well! Furthermore, if we are able to stretch our funding goal, towards $10,000, we will reinvest that into enlarging the scope of the production.
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