Breaking Barriers and Shining on the Silver Screen: Liz Lin’s Inspiring Journey in the Film Industry

Liz Lin is a passionate young actor of Chinese-Australian heritage who speaks English and Chinese fluently. She strongly advocates for better representation of Asians, intersectional feminism, and diversity on and off the screen.

Originally born in Perth, Liz spent her early years in Shanghai before moving to Sydney at the age of three. It was during her childhood in Sydney that Liz’s love for performing blossomed. At just five years old, she began creating and staging her own shows in the living room, captivating her parents with her talent. However, as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, Liz faced discouragement when it came to pursuing a career in the arts.

Despite the obstacles, Liz excelled academically and followed the “conventional” path for many years. She attended an academically selective high school and pursued a combined Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Information Systems at the university.

However, during her final year of university, Liz realized that this path was not aligned with her true passion. With immense courage, she decided to pursue her dreams in the performing arts. Liz sought training under the guidance of esteemed coaches such as Lisa Robertson, Miranda Harcourt, Kevin Jackson, and Donald Woodburn. Through acting and storytelling, her goal is to give voice to underrepresented communities, promote acceptance, and empower others.

In 2022, Liz achieved her breakthrough in theater with her debut performances in KXT/Panimo’s “Tough Titties,” which enjoyed a sold-out season, and New Theatre’s “Chimerica,” where she played the pivotal role of Liuli. Her notable film and television credits include “Lonesome,” which received a nomination for Best Indie Film at the 2022 AACTA Awards, “Fruity,” selected for prestigious festivals like Flickerfest and St Kilda Film Festival in 2022, “Women in Refrigerators” (2021), and the AFTRS short film “Mansplaining” (2022).

Liz’s journey reflects her unwavering commitment to breaking barriers and creating positive change through her craft, while also celebrating her multicultural background and heritage.

Liz recently had the opportunity to sit down with FilmCentral Magazine for an insightful interview, shedding light on her remarkable journey in the film industry. Here’s a glimpse into our conversation:

Can you tell us more about yourself?

I’m an actor and an avid fan of fashion, animals (particularly dogs), and a massive foodie.

Can you tell us something that would surprise us about you?

I have a double degree in Commerce and Information Systems.

How did you get started in the entertainment industry?

I’ve been a massive fan of performing since I was a little kid, but it seemed out of reach. When I was in uni, I decided I was going to chase after this dream of mine. I remember a girl I worked with at Grill’d studied at Screenwise and so I started with a course there and have not stopped acting since.

What factors do you think contributed to your success as an actor?

Obsession and delusion. Both are innate traits in me and being obsessed with this art form and constantly seeking to improve and learn contributes to my success. Also, a healthy dose of delusion that everything will work out because sometimes this industry feels like a slot machine.

Which do you consider to be the standout roles of your career to date?

My first supporting lead role in the film ‘Fruity’ as Emily. This was my first acting role and first time on set, period. The story was incredible, I absolutely loved working with the team behind it, and the character was so much fun. And it premiered at Flickerfest – seeing myself on a movie screen for the first time was crazy.

A film that is currently in post-production is called ‘Mansplaining’ in which I play the lead character of Jen Li. That was such a fantastic role that allowed me to showcase a range of emotions – particularly this rageful monologue that I do in Mandarin. Working on that was such a rewarding experience.

What do you like most about acting?

Exploring the depth and range of human experience. I love delving into a character and doing research like a little scavenger.

What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?

I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing directors, including Craig Boreham (Lonesome), Caitlin Royston (Fruity), Suzanna Steele (Mansplaining), Alessia Francischiello (Deep Pockets, Empty Hearts). I’ve learned from directors to see filmmaking from more perspectives – they bring the words on the page to life with sound, lighting, camera work, set design, and so much more. It’s not just the acting, and I think having that perspective is so valuable and helps me adjust my performances to what the story needs.

What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?

The oversupply of actors for a small number of roles. Which becomes even smaller when looking at roles for people of colour. Putting your vulnerability out there in your art and hearing no (or most of the time nothing at all), but continuing to do it over and over again.

What’s challenging about bringing a script to life?

As an actor, I absolutely love bringing a script to life through a deep exploration of my character. Perhaps one of the most challenging things is learning a new skill you’ve never tried before, but that’s also so much fun.

What do you do when you’re not filming?

Work on my craft, sleep, try new restaurants, watch a lot of Youtube, dance, hang out with friends, travel, and spend time with my family and my dog. I’m trying not to be so chronically online.

What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?

Having a movie and being nominated for an AACTA Award, having that movie premiere at Sydney Film Festival and sell out for Mardi Gras Film Festival, being artistically supported by my coach Lisa Robertson, and working with incredible actors, directors, and scripts.

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

I’m so interested in everyone I meet because everyone is so unique and has experiences and backstories so unique to them, so I really can’t pick the most interesting.

What advice would you give to other Asian women looking to make an acting career? 

Your voice is unique and needed in this industry. Your experiences are valid and important; don’t be afraid to take up space.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

That’s the crazy thing about this career – you never know what could happen tomorrow. At the moment, I’m about to shoot a romantic thriller set in 1960s post-colonial Hong Kong, and after that, I’m shooting a European arthouse horror movie with an all-female cast.

Is there anything else interesting you can tell us?

Omg, this is like those icebreaker questions, “Tell us something interesting about yourself,” which always makes me sweat! (laughs) I suddenly have a crisis about being completely uninteresting. I’ll recommend two books I’ve read recently that I’m obsessed with and would love to be a part of if they ever adapted it for the screen. The first is called ‘Parachutes’ by Kelly Yang, and the second is called ‘The Poppy War’ by R.F. Kuang. Both are written by Asian-American writers!

Get ready for chills: “The Last Voyage Of The Demeter” official trailer has finally arrived!

Prepare to be terrified as the long-awaited trailer for “DRACULA: VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER” has finally arrived. Based on a chilling chapter from Bram Stoker’s timeless novel, this spine-tingling film tells the harrowing tale of the merchant ship Demeter, entrusted with a secretive cargo of fifty unmarked wooden crates on its journey from Carpathia to London.

As the ill-fated crew navigates the treacherous waters, they find themselves beset by inexplicable and eerie occurrences, haunted relentlessly by an unknown presence aboard the vessel. When the Demeter eventually reaches the shores of England, it is a charred and abandoned wreck, devoid of any trace of its crew.

Starring Corey Hawkins (known for “In the Heights” and “Straight Outta Compton”) as Clemens, a doctor who joins the Demeter crew, alongside Aisling Franciosi (of “Game of Thrones” and “The Nightingale”) as an unwitting stowaway, Liam Cunningham (from “Game of Thrones” and “Clash of the Titans”) as the ship’s captain, and David Dastmalchian (recognized for his roles in “Dune” and the “Ant-Man” franchise) as the Demeter’s first mate.

This chilling film also features Jon Jon Briones (from “Ratched” and “American Horror Story”), Stefan Kapicic (known for the “Deadpool” films and “Better Call Saul”), Nikolai Nikolaeff (recognized from “Stranger Things” and “Bruised”), and Javier Botet (known for his appearances in the “It” films and “Mama”).

From the prestigious DreamWorks Pictures, and produced by the masterminds behind “Zodiac” and “Black Swan,” “DRACULA: VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER” is helmed by Norwegian horror virtuoso André Øvredal (known for “Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark” and “Trollhunter”). The screenplay, crafted by Bragi F. Schut (of “Escape Room”), Stefan Ruzowitzky (known for “The Counterfeiters”), and Zak Olkewicz (the upcoming “Bullet Train”), draws inspiration from Bram Stoker’s captivating chapter, “The Captain’s Log,” in his iconic novel, “Dracula.”

The film is brought to life by the production prowess of Brad Fischer and Oscar®-nominated producer Mike Medavoy, along with Arnold Messer representing Phoenix Pictures. Serving as executive producer is Matthew Hirsch, ensuring the film’s artistic vision is meticulously realized.

Prepare to be captivated and terrified as “DRACULA: VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER” takes you on an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness, where the line between reality and horror blurs. Mark your calendars for this cinematic experience that will leave you breathless.

James Cameron’s Global Phenomenon ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Set to Premiere on Disney+ on June 7th

Get Ready! James Cameron’s Epic Film ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Arrives on Disney+ on June 7th, Featuring Bonus Content with Filmmakers and Cast.

The highly anticipated moment is just around the corner! Following its groundbreaking theatrical run, James Cameron’s global phenomenon, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ will finally make its debut on Disney+ in Australia on June 7th. This exclusive release will also include exciting bonus content, offering audiences an immersive behind-the-scenes experience with the talented filmmakers, cast, and crew.

Since its initial theatrical release on December 15th, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ has captured the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide, becoming the third highest-grossing film of all time with a staggering box office collection of nearly $2.32 billion. The film’s immense success has also earned it numerous Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, while setting new standards for visual effects. Produced by James Cameron and his long-time partner Jon Landau, this 20th Century Studios-Lightstorm Entertainment production features an exceptional ensemble cast, including Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, and Kate Winslet. Joining the esteemed adult cast are talented newcomers Britain Dalton, Jamie Flatters, Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, Bailey Bass, and Jack Champion. The screenplay was crafted by James Cameron, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, with an engaging story penned by James Cameron, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno. David Valdes and Richard Baneham serve as executive producers for the film.

Prepare to embark on a breathtaking adventure as ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ takes audiences to new heights and uncharted depths, returning them to the mesmerizing world of Pandora. Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, this emotionally charged, action-packed sequel delves into the captivating story of the Sully family—Jake, Neytiri, and their children—as they navigate the perils that come their way, going to great lengths to protect one another and fight for survival amidst unimaginable challenges. All of this unfolds against the stunning backdrop of Pandora’s awe-inspiring seascapes, where viewers are introduced to new Na’vi cultures and a host of exotic sea creatures.

In addition to its availability on Disney+, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ can also be enjoyed on platforms like Apple TV,, Google Play, Microsoft Movies and TV Store, Telstra TV Box Office, and Fetch. Don’t miss this extraordinary cinematic experience that promises to leave you captivated and enthralled!”a

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ Latest Trailer Takes Hype to New Heights!

Prepare to embark on an immersive and captivating journey into the thrilling world of Transformers with the highly anticipated film, “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.” Helmed by the talented director Steven Caple Jr. and boasting an exceptional ensemble cast including Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, Tobe Nwigwe, and many more, this cinematic masterpiece promises to deliver an unforgettable experience that will leave audiences in awe.

In this exhilarating ’90s globetrotting adventure, the iconic Autobots make their triumphant return, joined by an exciting new faction of Transformers known as the Maximals. Against the backdrop of an ongoing battle between the noble Autobots and their perennial adversaries, the Decepticons, on Earth, brace yourself for an epic clash that will push the boundaries of action and spectacle.

“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” is a collaborative production brought to you by esteemed studios Paramount Pictures and Skydance, in association with the creative forces at Hasbro, New Republic Pictures, di Bonaventura Pictures, and Bay Films. The film’s screenplay, masterfully crafted by Joby Harold, Darnell Metayer, Josh Peters, Erich Hoeber, and Jon Hoeber, draws inspiration from the beloved Transformers™ action figures from Hasbro, captivating the essence of these iconic characters.

Behind the scenes, a team of accomplished producers led by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Tom DeSanto, Don Murphy, Michael Bay, Mark Vahradian, and Duncan Henderson, has meticulously shaped this cinematic extravaganza to ensure it exceeds all expectations. Supported by the visionary executive producers Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Brian Oliver, Bradley J. Fischer, and Valerii An, “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” guarantees an unparalleled and transformative cinematic experience.

Mark your calendars for June 22, 2023, as this monumental film storms into Australian cinemas, ready to transport you into a realm where machines come to life and colossal battles unfold. Brace yourself for a sensory feast as the stellar cast, featuring the talents of Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, Tobe Nwigwe, Peter Cullen, Ron Perlman, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Yeoh, Liza Koshy, John DiMaggio, David Sobolov, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Pete Davidson, and Cristo Fernández, breathe life into this epic tale.

Prepare to be captivated and exhilarated as “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” invites you on an electrifying cinematic odyssey that will leave an indelible mark on your imagination. Get ready to witness the evolution of a beloved franchise and embrace the power of the Transformers like never before.

Introducing: Streets of Colour – Teaser Trailer Unveiled!

Experience the gripping journey of Tez in ‘Streets of Colour’: a compelling film produced by Yolandi Franken and written and directed by Ronnie S. Riskalla, which explores identity, redemption, and the consequences of choices.

Starring a talented ensemble cast, including Tez, a 25-year-old drug dealer grappling with a cultural identity crisis and drug addiction who tragically loses custody of his son following the death of his best friend in a racially charged street altercation, ‘Streets of Colour’ delves into the depths of human emotions and challenges.

This thought-provoking film, produced by SkyCross Entertainment in collaboration with Frankendipity Enterprises and Rishi Raj Films, boasts an esteemed team with Chief Executive Producer Dr. Raj Patankar and Executive Producers Drew Pearson and Nenif David, who bring their expertise to elevate the film’s impact.

Scheduled for an eagerly anticipated release in Australia in 2023, ‘Streets of Colour’ aims to captivate audiences worldwide, with plans for distribution and sales in various regions to follow. Prepare to embark on an emotional rollercoaster as Tez confronts his past, battles addiction, and strives to reclaim his son while attempting to transform his life before it spirals beyond redemption.

In a refreshing departure from the norm, Australian cinema is set to venture into uncharted territory, delving into the captivating world of the outer suburbs. With a tantalizingly brief but promising teaser, anticipation builds as audiences eagerly anticipate the unveiling of this unexplored cinematic landscape.

Leading the charge is the talented Rahel Romahn, a recipient of the prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship and a recent standout performer alongside Michael Sheen in the acclaimed stage production of “Amadeus.” With his exceptional skills and undeniable on-screen presence, Romahn takes on the challenging lead role, promising to deliver a performance that will captivate and resonate with viewers.

As the teaser hints at the rich tapestry of stories and experiences waiting to be unveiled, excitement mounts for an authentic exploration of the Australian outer suburbs’ lives, struggles, and triumphs. This groundbreaking cinematic endeavour promises to shed light on a world rarely seen on the big screen, offering a fresh perspective and a profound connection to the lives of its characters.

With Rahel Romahn at the helm and a team of talented filmmakers steering this venture, Australian cinema is poised to embark on an exhilarating journey into uncharted territory. 

Stay tuned for this compelling film that explores themes of redemption, personal growth, and the consequences of one’s choices in a society plagued by racial tensions and personal struggles. ‘Streets of Colour’ promises to be an immersive cinematic experience that will leave a lasting impact on viewers worldwide. Buckle up and prepare to be immersed in a cinematic experience that will challenge conventions and offer a compelling glimpse into the unexplored depths of the outer suburbs.

Check out the trailer below:

Australian pirates plagued by cybercrime

New research reveals Australians are bypassing site blocks and exposing themselves to cybercrime

  • Year-on-year increases in number of pirates experiencing cybersecurity issues
  • A fifth of Australians admit to regularly pirating films and TV shows
  • Loopholes in site-blocking legislation need to close in order to decrease piracy

Creative Content Australia (CCA), the anti-piracy advocacy group representing the screen industry, has called on the Government to strengthen site-blocking laws as new findings reveal Australians are bypassing site blocks and increasingly becoming victims of cybercrime. 

Cybersafety remains a major issue for Australians who pirate. The annual piracy survey from Creative Content Australia revealed year-on-year increases in the number of pirates who report being hacked, becoming a victim of fraud, or having a virus or ransomware installed on their device. In total, 72% of adults and 82% of teens who pirate have experienced one of the above.

Graham Burke AO, Chair of Creative Content Australia, said: “Australians must remember, pirate operators are not altruistic and a ‘free’ TV or movie is not free at all. It’s simply a lure for criminal enterprises to make money via illegal scams, such as identity theft and ransomware, that can literally ruin peoples lives.”

CCA’s research reveals a fifth (21%) of adult Australians are regularly accessing pirated content despite pirate websites being blocked by ISP’s and Search Engines under site blocking laws.

And, exposing another flaw in the site blocking regime, CCA’s research revealed that a quarter (25%) of the pirates who had encountered a blocked site simply changed their DNS to an Alternate DNS provider to bypass the block.

Burke continues: “We hope the Copyright Enforcement Review will urgently future proof site blocking legislation and close the loophole which is diverting hard-earned revenues from the screen industry and putting Australian’s online safety at risk.” 

Creative Content Australia released the findings as part of the Department of the Attorney General’s public consultation into Australia’s copyright enforcement regime.

About Creative Content Australia

Creative Content Australia (CCA) supports the screen industry by raising awareness about the role of copyright, the importance of legal screen content, and the negative impact of piracy on the content creators of the film and TV shows that audiences love. CCA is supported by Australian creative industry companies and associations, opposed to the theft of creative works that put jobs at risk, and undermine business models and investment in creative enterprises.

Disney Plus Has Just Released The New Trailer And Poster For “White Men Can’t Jump”

Basketball fans are in for a treat with the upcoming release of “White Men Can’t Jump,” a modern retelling of the iconic 1992 film. The comedy, which celebrates the streetball hustling culture of Los Angeles, is set to premiere exclusively on Disney+ under the Star banner on May 19, 2023. To ramp up excitement for the movie, 20th Century Studios has released a new trailer and a stunning poster.

The story of “White Men Can’t Jump” follows Kamal, a former promising basketball player played by Sinqua Walls, who faced personal struggles that derailed his athletic career. The multi-platinum rap superstar Jack Harlow, making his big-screen debut, stars as Jeremy, a former basketball star whose injuries forced him to quit the game. Kamal and Jeremy are seemingly polar opposites who come together because of their shared love for basketball and the desire to regain their former glory.

Directed by Calmatic, who has worked with top music artists such as Kendrick Lamar, and Lil Nas X, “White Men Can’t Jump” promises to be a thrilling and entertaining ride. The movie is packed with drama, comedy, and sports action that is sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. The trailer shows off some impressive basketball moves from the stars of the movie, and fans are eagerly awaiting more.

Apart from Walls and Harlow, “White Men Can’t Jump” boasts an all-star cast that includes Teyana Taylor, Laura Harrier, Vince Staples, Myles Bullock, and Lance Reddick. Kenya Barris and Doug Hall have penned the script for the movie, with Barris and Paul Hall serving as producers. The film’s executive producers include Blake Griffin, Ryan Kalil, Noah Weinstein, Calmatic, Doug Hall, E. Brian Dobbins, and James Powers.

One of the themes of “White Men Can’t Jump” is friendship, redemption, and overcoming personal struggles. It’s a universal theme that will resonate with many viewers, and the comedy presents it uniquely and captivatingly. The story highlights the power of sports in bringing people from different backgrounds together and inspiring them to achieve great things.

“White Men Can’t Jump” is poised to be one of the most exciting movies of the year, thanks to its talented cast, crew, and unique storyline. The trailer and poster have generated significant excitement and buzz among movie lovers, and the movie’s premiere cannot come soon enough. Fans can mark their calendars for May 19, 2023, when “White Men Can’t Jump” will debut exclusively on Disney+ under the Star banner. It promises to be a thrilling and unforgettable ride that viewers will not want to miss.

Introducing The CEO Of Tigertail Pictures, Tian Liu

Tian Liu, one of the most influential entrepreneurs in the USA, is the CEO of Tigertail Pictures. This production company offers a unique approach to the world of video and animation by collaborating with clients to capture their most influential stories. The engine behind Tigertail Pictures is its in-house team and a massive network of filmmakers and photographers. Tigertail Pictures is AN AGENCY BUILT TO CREATE REAL VALUE. They are the growth partner. They’re a nimble, hungry, results-driven firm. They execute with purpose and focus on measurable, actionable results.

Under Tian’s leadership, Tigertail Pictures has been delivering work that powers game-changing companies and global influencers. A graduate of Harvard Business School (Executive Education), the New York Film Academy, and an outstanding director of Photography, Tian Liu has truly carved out a reputation for herself as a highly influential person in the US media market. Her works have made appearances on the covers of “VOGUE,” “GQ,” “Forbes,” and other international magazines such as “Fox,” “Business Insider,” and many other mainstream media have commented and conducted exclusive interviews for her company’s advertising works. She has won more than 50 best cinematography awards at film festivals, and her film and television works have been shortlisted twice at the French Cannes Film Festival. She has worked with the likes of Oscar winner Tim Burton, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Lynne Littman, and three-time Oscar nominee for best cinematography Dean Cundey.

Streets Of Colour Secures Distribution And Sales Agent

The creators of the upcoming feature film Streets of Colour, a gritty and powerful urban drama set in the suburbs of Western Sydney are proud to announce that they have signed a distribution deal with ANZ distributor, Screen Inc, and a ROW sales deal with sales agent, WIDE Entertainment. The film stars Rahel Romahn and was written and directed by Ronnie S. Riskalla, and produced by Yolandi Franken. 
Streets of Colour was produced by SkyCross Entertainment in Association with Frankendipity Enterprises & Rishi Raj Films, with executive producers Dr Raj Patankar, Drew Pearson & Nenif David. 
“We are thrilled to be working with Screen Inc and WIDE Entertainment to bring STREETS OF COLOUR to audiences around the world,” said Riskalla. “This film is a testament to the resilience and creativity of the communities that inspired it, and we are proud to be able to share their stories with a wider audience.”
“Streets of Colour” stars Rahel Romahn, who delivers a powerful performance in the lead role alongside an ensemble cast of talented Australian actors. Set in the suburbs of Western Sydney, the film explores the complexities of race, self-identity, and spirituality.
Logline: After being blamed for the death of his best friend in a racist street fight, Tez, a 25-year-old drug dealer with cultural identity issues, loses custody of his son whom he’s never met. Battling a drug addiction and coming to terms with losing his best friend, he will need to find a way to battle his inner demons and reclaim his life before he loses his son forever.
STREETS OF COLOUR will be released in Australia later in 2023, with distribution and sales in other territories to follow.
About Screen Inc: 
Screen Inc is an Australian film distribution company that focuses on bringing bold and innovative films to audiences across the country. With a commitment to supporting emerging and diverse voices, ScreenInc is dedicated to promoting independent cinema in Australia and beyond. 
About WIDE Entertainment: 
WIDE Entertainment is a leading international sales agent for independent films, with a focus on art-house and genre films that challenge audiences and push boundaries. With offices in Paris, Madrid, and Hong Kong, WIDE Entertainment is committed to bringing unique and distinctive films to audiences around the world. 
For more information, please contact ScreenInc or WIDE Entertainment.

Short Film “The Horn” Shot Entirely On 16mm Film Has Been Completed

Director M.P. Wills (Mark Wills) has just finished his latest short film, THE HORN, which was shot entirely on 16mm film by Kieran Fowler NZCS ACS. Produced by Yolandi Franken, Heath Ledger Scholarship recipients Rahel Romahn and Mojean Aria, and executive produced by Oscar Leal, the film tells a captivating story about an adolescent girl trying to understand her mother’s obsession with a mysterious horn sound coming from the sky. The film promises to leave audiences on the edge of their seats while delivering a strange and beautifully haunting experience.

THE HORN stars Gabrielle Chan and An Dang, who both deliver stellar performances playing their roles as mother and daughter.

Shot on location in Sydney, the decision to shoot on film was deliberate for the creative team. Having shot his previous short film Blood Orange in 35mm, which premiered at Australia’s Flickerfest in 2019, Wills explained, “I think digital camera’s really tend to focus on resolution. It strives for perfection and tries to remove the imperfection in the image; things are always so clear and feel so real in the frame, but for me, everytime I go to the movies I want to be taken out of reality, not put back in it. That’s why I always gravitate towards shooting on film, because the textures and grain are the colour of our memories; they’re able to instantly pull you out of reality and take you back in time. You just can’t achieve that in digital.”

Indeed, the team faced several challenges while shooting on film. They had to be mindful of each frame, as film can be expensive and limited in quantity. This meant they had to be very strategic in their shot choices, often rehearsing and testing each shot before rolling the camera.

But for Wills and his team, the challenges were all worth it in the end. Looking forward, Mark is also planning on shooting his debut feature film – a Thai-Australian horror on 35mm, citing film as an art-form that he feels should be celebrated and preserved, not forgotten. “I think it’s really important that more and more people continue to shoot on film and explore it as a viable option for their films. It definitely has a more complicated workflow, but if you have the right crew and you’re economical with the way you shoot, it’s all worth it in the end; on top of having wonderful imagery, there’s this kind of wisdom that it passes down onto you as a filmmaker. And you never forget those lessons.”

The film, which just finished post-production, promises to be a cinematic experience unlike any other. With a talented cast and crew and the added authenticity of shooting on film, audiences can expect a short film that is both visually stunning and emotionally impactful.