By Lola Pinder
Director Erin Good launched her filmmaking career after receiving the First Break funding grant from Metro Screen in 2010 for her first short Abbie. The film went on to win Best Short Film at the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival and was sold to Qantas.
Good describes how much she liked the Metro Screen community after her experience with Abbie, and so she ‘hassled them for ages’ to give [her] a job,which they eventually did.' Good worked at Metro Screen as course coordinator until 2013.
I spoke with Good about finding an audience in the age of social media. She celebrates the current practice of sharing, through online platforms, short films and web series. Contrary to the fear that the digital age may have splintered the professionalism of the industry, Good celebrates opening the gates wider for budding filmmakers. Good hopes online platforms for screening work might facilitate follow-up television series and feature films, ‘if they garner an audience’, she explains. Online release might be seen as a soft form of distribution of one's work in order to gauge support for it.
I asked Good whether this multitude of creative voices now available to the public, through mobile phone photography and video and rapid uploading opportunities, might mean a watering down of artistic expression. She pointedly replied: ‘if we have entered an era of the banal in artistic expression it would be because of fear not because we can shoot stuff on an iPhone’.
Good sees short films as a stepping stone for filmmakers, as a demonstration of their talent. Good, however has finally stepped said stone as she is currently in development with Alone writer Huna Amweero to create her first feature film Please Help. She hopes that this will be her next project to go into production.
As with other filmmakers in this blog series I asked Good, ‘where do you want to see Australian film going in the coming years?’
‘I would like to see the models of distribution changed. I would like to see some films funded and widely distributed to VOD without the need for a theatrical release.’
Good holds a Graduate Diploma in Directing from AFTRS, which she completed in 2013. She is a driven filmmaker, and many funding bodies have recognised her ability. She was awarded Talent Escalator Funding by Screen Australia to complete a director’s attachment on the production The Principal. Good has also just completed her latest short Alone, to be released this year, with the support of the Emerging Filmmakers Fund, Screen NSW. Her 2013 short film My Mother Her Daughter won the Silver Cinematography Award from the Australian Cinematographer Society. Last year Good’s short film The Wonderful was selected for the Academy Accredited LA Shorts Festival, was nominated for an Australian Director's Guild Award and won the ATOM award.
Erin Good is represented by RGM Artists.
This post is part of the Art Month Event Creative Paddington taking place on March 7th in conjunction with Metro Screen and UNSW Art & Design.