Western Australian Film Aims at Oscars

Western Australian Film Aims at Oscars

Western Australian writer/director Alison James and WA producer Brooke Silcox are thrilled to announce their critically-acclaimed, award-winning short film, JUDAS COLLAR will be released online for a limited ten-day release on November 4, 2019 as part of its 2020 Oscars campaign

Judas Collar is a scripted, non-dialogue, live-action film that explores the story of a camel used to betray her kind. It is a heart-breaking tale about the real-life camel culling practice whereby a tracking device with the biblical name ‘Judas Collar’ is used to control camel populations in Australia.

Alison James and Brooke Silcox filmed the short in regional Western Australia with a cast made up entirely of camels. The female filmmaking duo and their small crew endured extreme conditions on the shoot including having the camel float breakdown, two bogged vehicles, eight flat tyres and desert temperatures. All the while, James was four and a half months pregnant.

Judas Collar has gained numerous accolades and glowing reviews in its journey through 100 festival screenings across the globe. Impressively, it has been included as an official selection at eight Academy Accredited film festivals, and the film has twice qualified for the Academy Awards Live Action Short Film category by winning Best Narrative Short Film at the Austin Film Festival in Texas and St Kilda Film Festival in Melbourne.

Alison James won Best Screenplay at the Australian Writers’ Guild Awards (AWGIE) and Best Director at St Kilda Film Festival, and Brooke Silcox is nominated for Best Short Film at the upcoming Screen Producers Awards being held in Melbourne on November 14, 2019.

Upon release, the film will be the Short of the Week on Vimeo and will also be available on Facebook, YouTube, Omeletto, LinkedIn and Instagram. An impressive online audience response will go a long way in supporting the film’s Oscars 2020 campaign, so Alison and Brooke are encouraging all Australians to get behind this home-grown success story and watch it before it’s taken offline while the Academy casts their votes.

James and Silcox are currently in LA attending festival screenings, presenting the film to Academy members and attending press interviews while they wait to hear the 2020 Oscar nominees announced next month.

For further details on the making of this remarkable production have a look at the official site.

Phil has written for magazines, corporate videos, online ads, and even an app. He writes with one eye on the future, one eye on the past and a third eye on the Lotto numbers. His social bits are here.  

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