Tristan Barr to direct high concept genre film, Subject

October 7, 2019
From a screenplay that was an entry in Barr's own Continue Short Film Initiative.

“Our aim was to establish a platform for Australian talent and provide opportunities for emerging filmmakers everywhere,” Continuance co-founder David Gim says about their Continue Short Film Initiative, which was inspired by Blumhouse. “These filmmakers can gain so much from this experience. We can’t wait to start shooting.”

A few months ago, Continuance announced the 25 finalists in the Continue Short Film Initiative, with 3 films set to receive up to $10,000 each. Today, two short films were announced:

Take-Off by Joel Fleming – This fun caper follows Jules, a young Aboriginal juvenile carrying out community service at an aged care facility run by the authoritarian Ms. Martz. Jules befriends an ex-pole-vaulter resident, and they plan a daring escape.

A Mind Alike by Caitlin Milne – A leading tech company create a micro-device for the human mind, capturing and storing memory upwards of 20 years. While the product is revered, we find that not all is as it seems when battling amnesia, a young female struggles to piece together her fragmented memory, only to discover that it may not be her own.

According to Continuance Pictures, they will work with the filmmakers to shoot their short and promote it around the world in 2019/2020.

The screenplay for Subject by Vincent Befi, which was also submitted to the competition has been chosen to expand into feature length form, with Continuance co-founder Tristan Barr directing it as his sophomore film, following his feature debut Watch the Sunset, which he co-directed with Michael Gosden. David Gim will produce.

According to the press release, the found-footage Subject is a ‘complex, frightening story of a prison inmate chosen to participate in a secretive government study’. Stephen Phillips (Winners & Losers, The Leftovers) will play the lead in the film, with Gabriel Seow, Cecilia Low and Barr co-starring.

SUBJECT will be shot in Melbourne later this year and is expected for a 2020 release date.

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