The HLSF was established to inspire and enable aspiring experimental and surreal filmmakers to develop their distinctive voice and create bold work for the screen.

Bryce will create and deliver his ambitious experimental screen-based project, Red Earth, which will see him travel to endangered ecosystems around South Australia and photograph them on Aerochrome, an extinct film stock, to showcase the environments in an unseen way.

Bryce says “The film explores themes of conservation, with the subject being environments that will be lost due to climate change. By using an endangered medium, I want the audience to look at the ecosystems we have left in a different way and think about the need to conserve these unique environments.”

The HLSF, valued at $45,000, is a collaborative Fellowship supported by philanthropist, Peter Hanlon, The Mercury, Flinders University, Light ADL and Adelaide Film Festival. The Fellowship was established in honour of the late Cole Larsen, a Flinders University Screen Production Lecturer, who encouraged his students to think and do outside the norm of conventional filmmaking. “I’m proud to support emerging filmmaker Bryce and his project, Red Earth, which is emblematic of Cole’s dedication and passion for experimental screen-based works” Co-chair of The Mercury Board and Founder of the HLSF Peter Hanlon.

$5,000 of the cash portion of the grant is contributed by Flinders University. “Bryce’s application for the HLSF presented a truly experimental project with a unique approach and great potential” Senior Lecturer at Flinders University, Tom Young.

The Mercury, Adelaide Film Festival and Light Adelaide have provided up to $20,000 of in-kind support. “Bryce’s unique approach to conservation through an endangered medium aligns perfectly with our mission at Light ADL, and we can’t wait to see the impact his project will have on audiences around the world” CEO Light Adl, Nic Mercer.

Bryce and his proposed project were a standout in what was a competitive round. The CEO & Creative Director of the Adelaide Film Festival Mat Kesting was excited by Bryce’s application. Mat says “Bryce presented an exciting vision and his proposed work embodies the creative spirit of the Hanlon Larsen Fellowship. We look forward to seeing the finished work and considering it for inclusion in the 2023 Adelaide Film Festival.”

The Hanlon Larson Screen Fellowship is the most recent of Bryce’s accolades, which include being the inaugural winner of the Helpmann Innovator Program in 2021. Bryce also received a fellowship in 2022 for a year-long mentorship with prolific and acclaimed experimental filmmakers Richard Tuohy and Diana Barry. As well as developing his creative work Bryce Kraehenbuehl co-owns and works for production company Two Up Films which focuses on producing creative and sustainable
commercial work.

The Mercury would like to thank all the applicants and their outstanding efforts in preparing their applications for this round.