AUSTRALIA’S FIRST ALL-FEMALE HORROR ANTHOLOGY DEBUTS ON SBS ON DEMAND FOR IWD, WITH ACCOMPANYING PANEL EVENT IN SYDNEY
The launch will coincide with Whispering Loudly: Female Voices in Contemporary Genre Filmmaking – an International Women’s Day panel and networking drinks event held on Wednesday 10 March 2021 at Actors Centre Australia in Sydney.
“We’re delighted that SBS has provided an opportunity to bring this film to a broader audience after its successful festival run,” says project creator and director of the film’s wrap-around segment, Megan Riakos. “Dark Whispers is ideal entertainment for International Women’s Day as it brings together a group of filmmakers with unique voices and potent ideas. The film may be called Dark Whispers, but it’s there’s nothing timid about it!”
DARK WHISPERS – Volume 1 is the story of a young woman who inherits her mother’s Book of Dark Whispers only to discover 10 disturbing tales within its pages. Amongst the cast of Dark Whispers is Asher Keddie (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) who is terrorised by a stalker in the chapter ‘The Intruder’ as well as Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) and Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) who feature in the segment ‘The Ride’, a darkly comic thriller which was backed by the BBC. In the wrap-around segment, shot by Justine Kerrigan (All About E, Enter the Wild), Andrea Demetriades (Babyteeth, Reckoning, The End) plays Clara, who is obsessed with her late mother’s cherished Book of Dark Whispers.
Inspired by her experiences as a genre filmmaker who had benefited from the support of a close-knit group of female colleagues, Megan Riakos (Crushed, Deadhouse Dark) conceived of a project that would amplify female voices in this space.
She teamed up with fellow producer Leonie Marsh (co-producer of Kick Ass 2), associate producer Briony Kidd (founder of the acclaimed Stranger With My Face International Film Festival) and executive producer Enzo Tedeschi (A Night of Horror Vol.1, The Tunnel & Event Zero).
The International Women’s Day event is presented by Hemlock & Cedar Films in association with City of Sydney, Actors Centre Australia, Stranger with My Face International Film Festival, the NSW chapter of WIFT Australia, Sydney Film Fatales & Screen Vixens and features a discussion with key creatives behind Dark Whispers on the state of play of genre filmmaking in Australia. These are filmmakers with bold visions, who have made their voices heard in a highly competitive field by playing to their unique strengths. They have succeeded by pushing boundaries, whether thematically, in terms of style or format or even in terms of genre definitions.
Guided by moderator Rosie Lourde (Deadhouse Dark, Romance on the Menu) the panel will reflect on the filmmakers’ shared love of dark genre and their experiences in navigating the crucial areas of financing, production and marketing. There will also be discussion of the notion of developing a personal “brand” and how to develop a sustainable career in the arts.
Speakers from the creative team include Megan Riakos, Briony Kidd (The Room at the Top of the Stairs), Enzo Tedeschi, Angie Black (The Five Provocations), Katrina Irawati Graham (Scout), Isabel Peppard (Morgana, Butterflies), Marion Pilowsky (The Flip Side, Recipe For Love), Jub Clerc (The Heights, The Turning) and Kaitlin Tinker (The Man Who Caught A Mermaid).
This event is part of the Female Voices in Genre Program funded by City of Sydney and is free and open to the public. Bookings essential via https://tinyurl.com/gkuyacae.
DARK WHISPERS – Volume 1 is currently available to rent and buy on major platforms including iTunes and Google Play and is available to stream on SBS On Demand from Monday 8 March 2021.
Running time: 100 Minutes
Classification: M (Australia) 15 (UK),
Language: English with one segment in Bahasa Indonesian
Release details: https://www.darkwhispersanthology.com/watch