On Saturday night ‘Welcome to Iron Knob’ received the latest in a string of awards for the local short film. St Kilda Film Festival announced ‘Welcome to Iron Knob’ as BEST SHORT FILM for 2014, out of the Top 100 Best Short Films in Australia. Producer Alexandra Blue and Director Dave Wade received a $10,000 prize, and this accolade means the film is now eligible for an Academy Award (also known as the Oscars). Maxx Corkindale also received the award for BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY for the film.
Last month the film took out 4 awards at the South Australian Screen Awards at The Mercury Cinema, including Best Short Film, Best Comedy, Best Screenplay and Best Sound Design, with Producer Alexandra Blue also taking home the award for Emerging Producer of the Year. The film is due to screen at Sydney Film Festival on the 14th June where it has been nominated for the prestigious Dendy Award for Best Short Fiction.
‘Welcome to Iron Knob’ was filmed all around South Australia with all local cast and crew, save for Linda Cropper (the star of Channel 10’s Offspring, and cult TV Series Farscape). The film is a dark comedy about what happens when a young boy accidentally shoots a stranger with his fathers gun and it is left to the nonchalant townsfolk to cover it up as quickly as possible – so they can get back to doing whatever it was that they were doing before…
The film was funded by the South Australian Film Corporation, the Adelaide Film Festival and the Whyalla City Council plus the generous donations of the public via a crowd-funding campaign. The crowdfunding campaign was launched via Pozible and centered around the tag-line “Help Dave win an Award” – and it has certainly achieved just that!
Director Dave Wade said “Its a case of the 4 S’s… Shocked, stunned, stoked and sharashed. OK so that last one isnt a real word, but I have now lost my ability to speak.”
Producer Alexandra Blue said “There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears put into this film by a lot of lovely people. This award is a tribute to their hard work. I also want to thank Dave and Maxx for being the most entertaining people to work with – in the spirit of the film, there wasn’t a day that went by that we didn’t share a laugh”.
Cinematographer Maxx Corkindale said on the win – “I’m extremely happy to receive the award, and thanks to all the cast and crew who helped make it happen”.