This page presents a list (with brief annotations) of Australian independent filmmakers who may be designated a "new wave" of directors within Australia at the moment. They are mainly younger filmmakers (though not strictly), with their first features (or mini-features), made independently (often with no funding whatsoever), and the films and filmmakers are not acclaimed/recognised by the major Australian film festivals so far (with a couple of exceptions). This list is perhaps subjective, to my own taste, featuring as it does films that are formally experimental or dynamic, but every filmmaker on this list is deserving of more recognition. I also envisage that this list will change with time, but it will always feature directors who are not yet on the "shore". So, here they are the current "Australian new wave".

(Bill Mousoulis)



Mischa Baka

Melbourne indie filmmaker, with a dozen shorts since late 2000s, and researcher at VCA. Also works with theatre and dance. Check his website and Vimeo page. Collaborating with Siobhan Jackson (see below) under the name "Jack Baka", has made debut feature You Can Say Vagina (2018, 71 mins), and they have a 2nd feature in post currently (2021).
 

You Can Say Vagina
You Can Say Vagina



Angie Black

Indie filmmaker since the late '80s, and film lecturer, Angie Black completed her debut feature in 2018, The FIVE Provocations (2018, 94 mins). A seemingly conventional narrative, the film has surreal incursions ("provocations") in it, making it a bold work. Read about the making of it. See the trailer. Read a profile of Black.
 

The FIVE Provocations
The FIVE Provocations



Allison Chhorn

Young Cambodian audio-visual artist, check her website, she has made short films (like Last Time, 2018) and has also worked as a producer and editor on Mike Retter's films (see below). Her mini-feature The Plastic House (2019, 45 mins), an impressionistic, poetic, beautiful "slow-cinema" docu-fiction, had international festival success in 2020. See her Vimeo page.
 

The Plastic House
The Plastic House



"Dry Winter" team

Dry Winter (2021, 63 mins) is a low-key, authentic realist film, a collaborative student production made through Flinders University in Adelaide, set in country town Cowell, written by Bridget McDonald, lensed by Gere Fuss, directed by Kyle Davis and produced by Michael Harpas. World Premiere is in 2021. Check the trailer.
 

Dry Winter
Dry Winter



Darcy Gladwin

Free-spirit multi-artist who lives and travels between Australia, NZ, UK and elsewhere. After various short films, he is currently (2021) completing his debut feature Godplex, shot in Melbourne and New Zealand. Destined (ultimately) for cult status, Godplex is a carnivalesque tragi-comedy, part anarchic, part psychedelic. Read Gladwin's profile.
 

Godplex
Godplex



Siobhan Jackson

Lecturer and researcher at VCA, Siobhan has made a dozen shorts since early 2000s. Check her website which has her thesis "DUMBSTRUCK: Lessons in Silence". Collaborating with Mischa Baka (see above) under the name "Jack Baka", has made debut feature You Can Say Vagina (2018, 71 mins), and they have a 2nd feature in post currently (2021).
 

You Can Say Vagina
You Can Say Vagina



Ivan Malekin

Melbourne indie filmmaker now living mainly in Europe, Malekin has recently turned his hand to making improvised features, working with Sarah Jayne, and the results are interesting: Friends, Foes & Fireworks (2017, 75 mins), and In Corpore (2020, 100 mins). Read Malekin's profile. See the trailer for Friends, Foes & Fireworks.
 

Friends, Foes and Fireworks
Friends, Foes & Fireworks



Jack Moxey

Sydney indie filmmaker who utilises the Western Sydney area brilliantly in his debut feature Bugs (2018, 86 mins), a perceptive teen study on the one hand, and a punky play with style and form on the other hand. See the trailer. Read an interview with Jack and his producer wife Elizabeta Moxey here. 2nd feature now (2021) deep in post-production.
 

Bugs
Bugs



Matthew Victor Pastor

Australia's most dynamic filmmaker currently, Pastor is like a combination of Wong, Fassbinder and Godard, incredibly prolific and eclectic. Two features were released in 2018: MELODRAMA / RANDOM / MELBOURNE! and MAGANDA! Two more were released in 2019: Repent or Perish! and A Bigger Jail. More in 2020 and 2021 too. Read Pastor's profile.
 

Maganda!
MAGANDA!



Bryce Reimann

Like Georgia Temple (see below), Reimann is part of an intriguing group of filmmakers who graduated from Griffith Film School in Queensland a few years ago. His debut feature Hard Yakka (2017, 100 mins) is an astonishing minimalist/contemplative drama, highly unusual for Australia. Read a review of it, and Reimann's own thoughts.
 

Hard Yakka
Hard Yakka



Mike Retter

Adelaide-based indie film advocate (see Cinema Now and Meat Bone Express) and creator of his own distinctive features, in the vertical cinema format, Stanley's Mouth (2015, 61 mins) and Youth on the March (2017, 80 mins), realistic but expressionistic youth dramas, in collaboration with Allison Chhorn (see above). Currently (2021) editing his 3rd feature.
 

Youth on the March
Youth on the March



Saidin Salkic

Bosnian refugee who has forged a productive artistic life for himself in Australia, as a musician, poet, painter and experimental filmmaker specialising in self-portraits. Read an essay on him. Also a profile page. Has done a series of stunning 40-minute works in the last few years, including Waiting for Sevdah (2017) and Silence's Crescendo (2018).
 

Waiting for Sevdah
Waiting for Sevdah



Luke Sullivan

AFTRS graduate, in his mid 20s, Luke Sullivan has made one of the most striking Australian features of recent years, Reflections in the Dust (2018, 74 mins), which had its World Premiere at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 2018 yet was overlooked by the major Australian festivals. Check the trailer. Distributed by The Backlot Films. Read an interview with Sullivan.
 

Reflections in the Dust
Reflections in the Dust



Georgia Temple

Young Queensland filmmaker (and Griffith Film School graduate) who has worked with Bryce Reimann (see above), Temple's debut feature Grace, Who Waits Alone (2016, 77 mins) is an assured effort, in Akerman-mode. Read a story on her, and a review of the film. Temple is currently helping fellow Griffith graduate Robert Douglas complete his first feature.
 

Grace, Who Waits Alone
Grace, Who Waits Alone



Four of these filmmakers were featured at
Thornbury Picture House
(Melb) in September 2019.

Click on the banner at right, to go to the program of films,
and media/video documentation.




Four of these filmmakers were featured at
Long Play cinema (Melb) in November 2018.

Click on the banner at right, to go to the program of films,
and media/video documentation.




Four of these filmmakers were featured at the
Adelaide Film Festival
(Adl) in October 2018.

Click on the banner at right, to go to the program of films,
and media/video documentation.




The "Next Wave" !

Looking forward slightly, there are a number of younger filmmakers (up to late 30s) in Australia who are starting to gear up now with their work. None of the following have completed any feature film as yet, but a few have shot their first feature and we eagerly await their work !

- Bill Mousoulis, December 30, 2019


Update (March 2021):
James Vaughan has completed and released his feature Friends and Strangers (2021).


 

Top row: Llewellyn Michael Bates, Iain Bonner, Ivana Brehas, Hanna Chetwin, Chris Cochrane-Friedrich

2nd row: Robert Douglas, Giles Fielke, Anthony Frajman, Jordan Giusti, Paddy Hay

3rd row: Lucas Haynes, John Hewison, Sam Hewison, Nicholas Ingerson, Laura Kennedy

4th row: Angus Kirby, Audrey Lam, Chris Luscri, Madeleine Martiniello, Gianna Mazzeo

5th row: Emma Northey, Biddy O'Loughlin, Fraser Fitzy Pemberton, Guy Tyzack, James Vaughan

 



Published July 12 2018, and revised continuously since. © Bill Mousoulis 2018-2021.