After its successful inaugural year in 2002 which saw nine young Australian short filmmakers interpreting one script by writer Brendan Cowell – POV returns to screens again this year. This time out, six filmmakers have been invited to put their own unique spin on a short story devised specifically for the project by London-based writer Ben Rice. FILMINK’s Erin Free gets the inside story on POV from Creative Director Jessica Brentnall, writer Ben Rice and some of the filmmakers themselves.
Who says great minds think alike is the perfect tagline for the annual POV film event. This unique and wholly original programme invites a group of young filmmakers to all tackle the same source material, throwing them the challenge of finding their own voice within the same piece of inspiration. It’s a bold idea, and last year’s inaugural filmmakers (who included the likes of Anthony Hayes, Matthew Bird, Daniela Farinacci and Jeremy Cumpston) made it a winning concept, with each grinding completely different and totally individual short films out of the same script by celebrated writer and actor Brendan Cowell.
This year, POV Creative Director Jessica Brentnall has flipped the concept slightly, utilising a short story by acclaimed author Ben Rice, rather than a script, as the source material. â€œBen Rice is one of my favourite authors and as literary work continues to be the source of many wonderful films, I felt that the adaptation process would present an interesting and challenging opportunity for the directors,