Life is looking up for the team behind South Australian produced independent flick ‘The Kiss’. After taking out the AFI awards for Best Screen Craft (Cinematographer Nick Matthews) and Best Short Film Fiction (Sonya Humphrey & Ashlee Page) the team is industry hot property.
“You work so hard to make your projects the best they can be and then you put it out there and hope for the best. Sometimes no matter how hard you work and how much love and care you put into a project, the project fails. So we are just very grateful that ‘The Kiss’ has been acknowledged so generously by our peers.” Sonya relates her joy from her win, and does not take it lightly, “We’re incredibly lucky. When you hear greats like Jackie Weaver saying it took her 35 years to receive an AFI, we realised how lucky we are to win one so early in our careers”.
‘The Kiss’ also launches young up-and-coming actress and red carpet glamazon Briony Kent, who in the film portrays one of the two girls seeking respite from the stifling heat. Fuelled by cheap alcohol and teenage hormones they make their way to an isolated fire-water tank, lured by the promise of cool water. Once inside the tank the intimate mood takes a dangerous turn when they discover they are trapped with no way out.
With two AFI awards under their belts, whats next for this winning South Aussie team? “I did get two job interviews offered to me the night that we won, so the AFI magic is working already!” Sonya gleefully explains, “No matter what happens in our careers from now on, no one can ever take away the fact that we are AFI winners! And I keep that in mind, because it may be at least another 35 years before I win another!”