The crowded Balmain Town Hall heard Frank sing (courtesy entertainer Frank Bennett), saw a young girl paint wildflowers, and a foursome in underwear and headmasks. The pitches were theatrical, some were historical and a couple were hysterical.
It began with an old man on a crucifix (Messiah Park) and ended with a young couple spray painting graffiti onto a cigarette poster (When We Were Glass)- both representing radicals of their time. In between, the show brought forth a variety of staged mini-dramas, and one clear winner. Unanimous in our decision, the judging panel awarded the main prize - with its promise of further development and a dash of cash - to Frank Hatherley for his movie concept based on the true love triangle and famous mind reading act of the 40s and 50s, The Piddingtons. He calls it Shine meets The X Files.
Below is a list of the entrants, each of whom won a modest prize from the industry, ranging from a subscription to Encore magazine, a tour of Fox Studios, a video of Australian Cinema and a cash prize of $200, up to the Australian Film Television and Radio School's one week course and pitch analysis with a scriptwriting lecturer. (The entries are listed in prize order.)
THE WINNING PITCH:
By Frank Hatherley
They were an Australian mind reading cabaret act in the 1950s, and had the world at their
feet but their fragile relationships face the acid test in the world of entertainment. (See at left.)
THE FLOWER HUNTER
By Danny Sheehy
Back in the 1900s men could be artists but women could only be painters. The Flower Hunter
is the true story of one brave woman who took on the giants of the arts establishment
sacrificing her love and her family as she pursued her love of painting.
DRIVING BY MOONLIGHT
By Ian Rochford
On the road with Charlie Fisher, who’s lost his wife and is in search of his
daughter. His companion is Charlotte, a strange character who is running from the man in
the black hat.
A TURTLE NAMED HEATHCLIFF
By Susan Wood, Tim Cronin, Matt Clarkin
A black comedy with a sinister plot exploring the nature and consequences of temptation.
It revolves around the bizarre manipulative relationship between three young men sharing a
THE LAST LAUGH
By Michael Stanford and Jason Ross
A young man’s colourful journey in search of a grandfather he hardly knows but who is
his only hope in his quest for the most important thing in his life.
JAILBREAK: RESCUE ON THE CATALPA
By Richard Hurford
The true story of an extraordinary 1870s adventure when Irish Americans set sail to free
their countrymen from a Western Australian jail. The price of freedom is the risk of war
on the high seas.
STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT
By Mark Cornwall
A love affair that was never meant to be, set during an historic event that almost
didn’t happen. While the controversy over Frank Sinatra’s 1974 tour was raging
in Australia, two young journalists were thrown together.
WHEN WE WERE GLASS
By Peter Ness
All hell breaks loose when a group of former activists from the 1980s decide to have one
last go at making the world sit up and take notice. Old passions are reignited while
others are better left in the past.
THE KANGAROO KID
By Stephen Lynch
The fictional background to the making of an Australian-American coproduction about the
life of Ned Kelly.
By Eric Watson
The ultimate thorny question: what if instead of one Jesus, there were 10,000 of them