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Anya Beyersdorf and Tony Rogers swap roles in St Kilda premiere Vampir

26 April 2016 8:19 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Anya Beyersdorf is an actress (Blue Heelers, Crownies) turned director, whose 2014 short Gayby.was made as a Masters project at the Sydney College of the Arts before touring to festivals at home and abroad.

While studying she was taught screenwriting by Blue Murder's Ian David, and "fell hard" for it.

Her new film, Vampir, was produced by Nicole Coventry and will premiere at next month's St Kilda Film Festival..

Off the back of it, Beyersdorf was also shortlisted for Sydney Film Festival's Lexus Short Film Fellowship, presided over by Judy Davis.

Vampir came out of a single image, of "a guy walking across a field", said Beyersdorf.

"I started to think how easy it is to misunderstand people, and to judge people by the way that they look, and for the consequences to be quite full on."

To play the lead role, she enlisted Tony Rogers, a director best »

- Harry Windsor

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Abe Forsythe's Down Under locks in Australian theatrical release

14 January 2016 4:04 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Top: Fayssal Bazzi as D-mac, Rahel Romahn as Nick, Michael Denkha as Ibrahim and Lincoln Younes as Hassim

Bottom: Damon Herriman as Jason, Justin Rosniak as Ditch, Alexander England as Shit-stick and Chris Bunton as Evan

Photographer credit: David Dare Parker


Abe Forsythe's black comedy Down Under is set to hit Australian cinemas on August 4.

Distributed by StudioCanal, the film is a black comedy set during the aftermath of the Cronulla riots.

As Forsythe's second feature, it is the story of two carloads of hotheads from both sides of the fight destined to collide..

Sincere, though misguided, intent gives way to farcical ineptitude as this hilarious yet poignant story of ignorance, fear and kebab-cravings unfolds, and what was meant to be a retaliation mission turns into something neither side could have imagined.

During the shoot, Forsythe told If the narrative mined comedy through the heavy drama.

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