The story so far…
In 2016, I formed 13th Street Films with a small group of peers from Film School. That year, we created the short film Comedy film Jehovah in collaboration with Griffith University. This film has been selected to a dozen festivals around the world including the Noosa Film Festival. At the No Small Stories Film Festival in Sydney Jehovah was runner-up in the inaugural competition in March 2016 and won best comedy in the UK Monthly Film Festival.
Also during 2016 I won the Canon Film Grant Competition championed by Gracie Otto. The prizes included winning a Canon C100 Mark ii for his University, and a $10,000 Grant to direct and create a short film from my screenplay Georgia’s Peak starring Shuang Hu, Family Law). Also in 2016, I got the opportunity to direct Steve Le Marquand, (Broke, Last Train To Freo) in a short film shot in Winton as part of the Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival.
In 2017 my graduate film Ascension was the most awarded at the Griffith University film awards receiving 9 nominations and 3 wins. It went on to win Best Film at Reel Escape Film Festival in Sydney and screen at several festivals including West End Film Festival where our team (13th Street Films) were invited to pitch to a bunch of industry executives during an event hosted at Ludo Studio.
During that experience, we pitched our 2018 Comedy Web-Series Summer School. We created this series independently straight out of University. In doing so we went on to discuss the project with Amal Baggar at SQ and to Sue Masters from SBS during their annual visit to Brisbane. Later that year the Pilot episode won Best Comedy at Sanctuary Cove Film Festival, Changing Face Film Festival in Sydney and Orion International Film Festival.
The feedback and success we received with Summer School pushed us on and in 2019 my partner and co-writer Sian Laycock and I co-created a new comedy Series Welcome To Wrigleton. Together we wrote and developed the series and were able to obtain a great deal of support from the Brisbane creative community and our fans to raise over $5,000. This helped subsidise the cost of producing a 30-minute Pilot for the series. The Pilot is now complete and we are currently running public test screenings to gain insight from a broad audience. We plan to continue to develop the series and are currently seeking a distributor.
Meanwhile Sian and I have been co-writing and producing a series of sketches for our online audience entitled 13th Street Sketch. These are available on our Facebook & YouTube pages. We have several scripts ready to shoot once we have an open time period.
Sian and I also were selected and attended a Writer's Retreat at the Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival 2019 in Winton. This was run by writer Simon Taylor (Plushed, 2019)
Between 2018-29 13th Street Films has also shot a series of National TVC's for Orrcon Steel including a great charity campaign for BuyABale to help farmers in need.
By Joel Stephen Fleming