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rporate career treadmill for nearly a decade
t I always wanted to be a filmmaker. I finally
the bullet, give up my office job, and study
That was five years ago and I’ve never
Since then I’ve made several short films
aunching into my most ambitious project
the story of two former friends, one of
bian, who are attempting a reconciliation
of their ten year high school reunion. It’s
at the subject matter of this film is so close
dea resulted from a collaboration between
st friend of almost twenty years.
ood and I have been friends since high
ought we could make a film together using
skills – her acting and my writing/directing.
d to explore a story about two best friends
en each other for a long time because of a
split them apart. With this in mind Tamsin
r shared memories of high school and dug
ound of our own long friendship to create
al story. Based on our conversations I’ve
hree years writing numerous drafts of the
ready for production.
In the meantime Tamsin moved to London! It’s great that
we are finally making the movie because it’s an excuse
to get her home to Australia for a few weeks. It’s so
exciting that our dream is coming true. We get to make
a movie together with her in front of the camera and me
Just last month we had a script reading of This Kiss for
an audience at the Australian Centre of Moving Image
(Federation Square, Melbourne). It was a great chance to
workshop the script and for people to have input into the
film before it is made. Now we are ready to make it.
Part of the reason we are able to do this is because
the characters and locations have been kept to to a
minimum, without compromising on the story. That way
we can make a film for an extremely low budget without
being reliant on the traditional funding channels. I made
a short film several years ago under the same conditions.
Coming Out At Work Is Hard To Do was made for $200
and shot in my lounge room over a couple of hours. On a
personal level it was liberating to be creatively challenged
and it really forced me to ‘be in the moment’. This film
continues to be a festival favourite and its success has
been an inspiration to me. To date it has screened in
more than thirty international film festivals with little sign
of slowing down.
My producer, Jessica Leslie, and I are apporaching This
Kiss in the same way. Of course, it’s a much bigger deal
because it’s a feature film. It will take longer than one day
to shoot. But the energy, commitment and passion is
the same. There are still opportunities for individuals and
sponsors to be a part of this excting project so if people
want to be involved visit kylieeddy.com or email me at
With hard work, determination and some luck we hope
that This Kiss will be screening at a queer film festival
near you next year.
This Kiss script reading, top to
bottom: Libby Sherring, Emma
Hart, Lee Caldwald, Kylie Eddy.
Film still: Juliet and Lucy
PLANS TO SET
WITH A NEW LESBIAN
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