Show Me Shorts and Script to Screen are proud to announce that the first film completed with the assistance of their 2010 Short Film Lab is about to be released. For those interested in entering this year’s lab, applications are still open until 20 September- please see the Workshops page for more info!
Post-production wraps up this week on “I’m Going to Mum’s”, the first short film by Auckland writer-director Lauren Jackson. “I’m Going to Mum’s” tells the story of a young boy, Jacob. When Jacob’s divorced parents insist on dressing him in ridiculous clothes to spite each other, he resorts to desperate fashion measures to assert his identity.
While she is a celebrated playwright and has extensive experience acting and directing theatre, Lauren is relatively new to the world of filmmaking. “Without the Short Film Lab, I would never have made this film,” she says.
Lauren was one of six up-and-coming screenwriters to participate in the inaugural Short Film Lab in November 2010. With producer Jeremy Macey, Lauren workshopped three new film ideas in the Short Film Lab, benefiting from tailored feedback and encouragement from several experienced filmmakers. Lauren was particularly grateful for the support and advice offered by screenwriter and academic, Dr Shuchi Kothari. “Shuchi really understood the story I wanted to tell. She encouraged me and helped me structure my script.”
Lauren successfully submitted the script to the New Zealand Film Commission’s Fresh Shorts programme, and shot the film in April 2012.
Now that “I’m Going to Mum’s” is ready for the film festival circuit, Lauren is developing another short film project, alongside her ongoing work in theatre writing and directing. Her second short film concept, also developed in the Short Film Lab and in a follow-up session with producer Ainsley Gardiner, is a larger-scale project. “With co-producers Andrew Cochrane and Jeremy Macey, we pulled together a fantastic team to make this short film, and I hope to work with them again,” Lauren says.
Script to Screen and Show Me Shorts are now calling for applications for New Zealand’s third Short Film Lab, hosted by the Film, Television and Media Studies Department at the University of Auckland, and supported by the New Zealand Film Commission. This year’s mentors include Zia Mandviwalla, whose fourth short film Night Shift recently screened in competition at the Festival de Cannes; Tui Ruwhiu, who combines international media experience with a role as Executive Producer at Tauihu Shorts; and experienced short (Coffee and Allah) and feature (Apron Strings) film writer and producer Shuchi Kothari.