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Film production company from Melbourne, Australia

Skinned – from NO to GO in 24 hours

About 3 weeks ago I got the approval and funding to attend a screenwriting conference in Santiago, Chile. Straight away I had the crazy idea of making a short film whilst there. I wrote a script, Skinned, and based the story on the resources I would have at hand.

Or so I thought…

Continue reading Skinned – from NO to GO in 24 hours


Writer, Director, Editor, Producer turned Crime & Punishment Film Poster Designer!

For a creative type, there’s something liberating about the new paradigm of filmmaker as entrepreneur. Low to no-budget filmmaking sees those involved wearing many hats that were traditionally reserved for the Unit Publicist; which micro-budget productions can seldom afford. Continue reading CRIME & PUNISHMENT – POSTER RELEASED!


Stephen Cleary – What an audience feels

The world’s screenwriting gurus inscribe pages of instruction to assist heroes, after their incident has been incited, to claim their personal elixir after victory in a supreme ordeal and a cathartic sacrifice. It’s noble work being the hero behind the hero. Aristotle knew it.

Stephen Cleary
Stephen Cleary addresses the audience at the VCA School of Film and TV in Melbourne, Australia.

International screenwriting lecturer and all-round story scholar, Stephen Cleary,

sailed from Australia’s shores, leaving behind the question ‘Has this focus on writing from the writer’s point of view led to better storytelling?’ Continue reading STEPHEN CLEARY – WHAT AN AUDIENCE FEELS

Visual Story by Bruce Block REVIEW

Bruce Block’s book on constructing a visual story  is both rewarding and frustrating at the same time.

As Nancy Meyer‘s testimonial says on the back cover, The Visual Story “is the only book of its kind” and to my knowledge, she’s right. To find a single volume that touches on the elements of visual design that Block’s book does is nigh on impossible; trust  me, I’ve tried.  Continue reading Visual Story by Bruce Block REVIEW


Film Book Review: Making Movies by Sidney Lumet

Seriously, if I made a film as good as Network, I’d give up making films.

…but I haven’t, so instead I read Sidney Lumet’s book. It’s a rare gem when a bona-fide master director (12 Angry Men, The Verdict, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Murder on the Orient Express) writes a book about lessons learned from a lifetime in feature filmmaking. Continue reading FILM BOOK REVIEW: Making Movies


Apocalypse Films Producer Tuuli Forward’s short film, MensajeiruThe Messenger ), made its debut on the European mainland in November at the Munich International Festival of Film Schools. Writer / Director Francisca Maia was there to represent the film with the generous support of the Munich Film School. Continue reading THE MESSENGER @ MUNICH


Pray he’s out there somewhere…

Here at Apocalypse Films we’re big fans of all George Miller‘s work. The Mad Max movies, however, hold a special fondness; our company name might give you that idea.

The fascination with the apocalyptic soon-to-be quadrilogy, stems back to the late 70’s when Apocalypse Films director Andrew O’Keefe  (at the ripe age of seven) was wriggling in the backseat of the family wagon stuck at a roadblock. Continue reading MAD MAX FEVER


Donkey in a Lion’s Cage is now on the market!

The Clermont-Ferrand short film market that is.

Donkey in a Lion’s Cage is represented at the world’s leading short film festival and market dedicated to short films.  Clermont-Ferrand in France, is on now and our little film is represented. The market contains a video library for DonkeyFrench and foreign television buyers, distributors and festival programmers to view the all of the films in competition, as well as the films out of competition, that were submitted for consideration.

Check out Donkey in a Lion’s cage at in the market catalogue here.


The short film from director Siobhan Jackson, Donkey in a Lion’s Cage (producers: Andrew O’Keefe & Tuuli Forward) recently screened at  the Sightlines Conference held at RMIT in Melbourne. The inaugural academic conference attracted filmmakers from all over the world. You can watch the trailer here.


We’re going to give away our first film for free. Are we crazy? or is it all about audience?

It’s been almost seven years since Apocalypse Films debut feature film, The Independent,  hit the cinemas throughout Australia. 

The Independent is a rare gem in the Australian comedy landscape… an endearing and distinctly Australian look at politics with the most endearing protagonist” FilmInk Magazine 

The Independent garnered excellent reviews from some of Australia’s preeminent film critics and ran an extraordinary 6 weeks in some selected cinemas. The film is a collaboration between writer/director/editors Andrew O’Keefe and John StudleyThe Independent posterIt was also the first feature-length collaboration between Andrew O’Keefe and actor Lee Mason with the second, Crime & Punishment, to be released later this year. A political satire that is “charming …  poignant …  but with a deeply cynical undercurrent“, the film stays current and of the zeitgeist in the politically unstable times.  Art mirrors life when an independent candidate finds himself responsible for the balance of power. You’ll soon be able to see the film right here – but until then, watch the trailer.

Now, we’ve decided to give the film away for free.  For all those people who’ve wanted to see The Independent but couldn’t – or didn’t want to pay for the pleasure – the end is nigh. Stay tuned right here for more information.