The unique film subgenre that shot Lena Dunham’s series Girls to fame, is the foundations of a new Australian indie feature, Pretty Good Friends, screening at Melbourne’s Testing Grounds this Friday 6th February.
The term ‘mumblecore’ was first coined in 2005, at America’s South by Southwest Film Festival, and is known for it’s low budgets, unpolished ‘real’ sounding dialogue, authentic locations and complex plot structures.
Emerging writer and director Sophie Townsend (from Amalume Productions) was inspired to create a Melbourne ‘mumblecore’ film using a small cast and crew and an even smaller budget, and has come up with Pretty Good Friends.
“I wanted to create a story that captured Melbourne on screen in a way I had not seen before, utilising some of it’s less explored nooks and crannies,” Sophie said. “We wanted our actors to have a major input in creating their characters. We encouraged improvised dialogue and blocking, and even sought their input in costume design.”
The film tells the story of Jules Thompson (Jenni Townsend), who moves home to Melbourne with the hopes of re-inventing herself in time for her 25th birthday. She moves in with her childhood friend, Sam Johansson (Rain Fuller), and they soon discover something isn’t quite right between them. Juggling the awkwardness of a stale relationship whilst an exciting new one emerges tests the boundaries of friendship and puts Jules in a dangerous position.
A combination of comedy, romance and drama, Pretty Good Friends examines the highs and lows of relationships and how human connection can inspire and ignite unknown truths within ourselves, for better or worse.
Pretty Good Friends will make it’s American debut later this month at Florida’s Starlite Film Festival – an innovative festival that celebrates micro-budget features.
The film will screen at Melbourne’s Testing Grounds, a temporary and free outdoor art space designed for creative experiments and pursuits.
Director and cast will be present at the screening and available for interviews.
Time: 8:30pm sharp
Date: Friday 6 February
Where: 1-23 City Road, Melbourne
Bookings: Not required – FREE entry