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Something Fishy

Nick, a 15 year-old boy, risks everything after he sacrifices his friendship with his best mate Trev, to save himself.

Film notes

Something Fishy is a film about friendship and betrayal exploring the notion that human beings are capable of anything to ensure their survival.

My main prerogative as a filmmaker is to create emotive, performance driven stories. Having worked in fast turn around kids TV for two years prior to making this film, I’d gained an understanding of how difficult it is to get consistent, believable performances from children. I wasn’t really happy with any of the stuff I’d made for TV so I wrote this film to challenge myself by entering into it with the objective of getting children to perform at an adult level.

I met with the cast everyday for a week prior to shooting and from there developed a shooting plan. While I was very keen to visually capture the environment, and use the anamorphic frame to create space, I never really wanted the camera to be obvious in the sense I tried to make the coverage, as much as possible, about the characters and their feelings. I tried to create a sense of the world closing in on Nick by cutting from really wide shots, to really tight ones on his face and I tried to capture the fun of youth by using very fluid fast moving shots early in the film. As the story closes in the style becomes much more static to try and represent the stillness of death.

What I gained from making it was a better understanding of working with children, using the environment as a character, creating and shifting tone, and that shooting on a boat really sucks balls. Professionally I hope it assists in promoting me as someone who understands performance and working with children. I also hope it showcases me as a filmmaker capable of telling adult drama effectively and assists me in making the move into adult television. The producer and I are also developing a kid’s feature idea set in Broome and I hope Something Fishy assists in proving we are a passionate team who are capable of delivering with minimal resources.


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Awards and nominations

Honourable Mention
20 Jul | United States
Best Australian Performance - Male (Brad Albert)
29 Mar – 31 Mar | Australia
Special Mention - Australian Short Film
29 Mar – 31 Mar | Australia

Previous screenings

19 Nov – 21 Nov | Concord, United States
6 Jan – 13 Jan | Pune, India
7 Jan – 16 Jan | Sydney, Australia
27 Jan – 30 Jan | Jaipur, India
1 Mar – 5 Mar | Fargo, United States
9 Apr – 16 Apr | Adelaide, Australia
26 May – 29 May | Dungog, Australia
16 Jun – 22 Jun | Munich, Germany
Giffoni International Film Festival for Young People
12 Jul – 21 Jul | Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy
20 Jul | Los Angeles, United States
Honourable Mention
16 Sep – 18 Sep | Canberra, Australia
5 Oct – 10 Oct | Sapporo, Japan
Interfilm: International Short Film Festival Berlin
15 Nov – 20 Nov | Berlin, Germany
17 Nov – 20 Nov | United States
23 Nov – 3 Dec | Goa, India
3 Feb – 2 Apr | Jersey City, United States
29 Mar – 31 Mar | Blyth, Australia
Best Australian Performance - Male (Brad Albert)
Special Mention - Australian Short Film
22 May – 27 May | Melbourne, Australia

Latest press reviews/articles

“... He had barely turned 15 when Something Fishy was made and turned in a mature and composed performance ...”
4 Apr 2012 | Film & Television Institute
“... Set against the backdrop of the Kimberley’s wet climate, the film is focused on the power of friendship, exploring the notions of innocence, cultural difference and integrity. ...”
20 Mar 2011 | Nicole Kalmar | The West Australian
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Something Fishy has received 2 new awards at Clare Valley Film Festival. | more...
3 April 2012
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