New Exit director, Shelly Lauman, is winning acclaim for her anti-sex
trafficking film, "Unexpected Victim," made with Rasic & Partners
for IOM X, the International Organization for Migration's campaign to
encourage safe migration and public action to stop human trafficking and
also recently received the inaugural Australian Directors' Guild Metro
Screen Production Fellowship to make her psychological thriller,
"Birdie," that was completed in January.
Tom Campbell's work as part of the exhibitionexhibition, "They Cannot Take The
Sky: Stories from Detention", for behind The Wire
has won the distinction of being presented at White Night, Melbourne's
12-hour creativity and culture event. It will be projected in massive
scale onto the National Gallery of Victoria façade.
View the trailer for Campbell's They Cannot Take The Sky
Lawrence's moving story of the Australian spirit, People Helping
People, with BMF was launched by TAL at the end of January to announce
its partnership with The Royal Flying Doctor Service. Lawrence is now in
pre-production for a commercial shoot in Victoria as well as getting
ready for the release of his feature documentary, Ghosthunter.
Wood has just finished another powerful Australian story, "As
Australian As It Gets," with The Monkeys for CGU. And Patrick Fileti's
heartwarming music video-style spot, "Friends Forever," for Omnicom's
dedicated McDonald's agency launched in the US at the end of the year,
while his film, "Undercurrent," made in support of The Refugee Council,
is currently playing in festivals.
While Campbell worked his way
onto Exit's roster as a director's assistant to Garth Davis, Mark Molloy
and Glendyn Ivin, Lauman arrived already fully-fledged. The
writer-director had a Master of Fine Arts in Film Directing from the
American Film Institute in Los Angeles (from which she graduated top of
her class), seven short films and an impressive array of festival
screenings and film awards in her arsenal.
But she was noticed
first by executive producer, Leah Churchill-Brown, "for her cinematic
eye and the nuanced performances she elicits from her cast, and her
willingness to explore genres and topics that are not necessarily black
and white," Churchill-Brown stated. "But really, I love her as she makes
me laugh. All of these assets are contributing to her finesse as a
performance director for TVCs."
Says Lauman: "It's a true
pleasure of directing to be working with and listening to an actor's
performance; being utterly there with them in what they must create and
knowing that beside you the cinematographer is listening also. You feel
it clicking together on set, and it's such a delight when you sit back
and look at the pictures that you made, that visualise what you felt -
that listening, that gentle intuitive responsiveness - is inside every
"Unexpected Victims" was Lauman's first commercial work with Exit.
Watch "Unexpected Victims" here
Lauman: "In the short films that I have made, body, gender and voice or
voicelessness are central themes. So it was quite magic to be handed a
script that dealt entirely with these themes."
already finishing his fourth project with Exit, a series of TVCs with
Leo Burnett Melbourne for SPC's 100th anniversary campaign.
Campbell: "This was an great job to work on. It tells SPC's Made In Our
Back Yard story by capturing lots of authentic, natural performances
that would resonate with Australian audiences."
But he is also
feeling the honour of having his work selected as the showpiece for
White Night and giving the stories from "They Cannot Take The Sky" a
larger platform than they have had already.
"Behind The Wire is a not-for-profit and its mission is not to promote
itself but to document the stories of the men, women and children who
have been detained by the Australian government after seeking asylum in
Australia and giving them the much needed platform to be heard."
Ivin, whose commercial work ranges from the classic emotion-igniter,
"Feels Like Home (Family)" TVC for Qantas which he directed for The
Monkeys last year to the edgy white six-minute content piece, "The
Playground", for Coca-Cola, is already anticipating his return to ad
work later this year. Ivin's commercial work is interspersed between
some of Australia's most acclaimed productions, such as "The Seven Types
Of Ambiguity", which won 5 AACTA Awards including Best Direction In A
Television Drama; "The Beautiful Lie", nominated for 9 AACTA Awards
Including Best Television Drama; "Gallipoli" and "Puberty Blues Series 1
View all of Exit's latest work and its directors' reels here: http://exit.com.au/