In less than three years, Julian Galea has made two indie features – Love to Paradise and Made In Malta – and has another in pre-production.
The Maltese-Australian filmmaker previously worked in construction management. However, after enjoying a two day filmmaking course when visiting New York back in 2009, he returned to Australia, sold everything and moved to NYC to study filmmaking in earnest. After that, he moved to La and on return to Sydney, established production company Galea Pictures, working on a variety of music videos, corporate content and shorts.
Galea tells If when he initially came back from The States he had several feature ideas he wanted to get made at the $1-3 million budget range. However, he found it difficult to get inroads with funding bodies and to get projects off the ground.
“The fact is, unless you have credits, it’s really tough for people to back you.