Perth filmmakers’ short film to premiere at Sydney Film Festival

Leeming resident Nathan Mewett and West Leederville resident Curtis Taylor.
Leeming resident Nathan Mewett and West Leederville resident Curtis Taylor.

WEST Leederville resident Curtis Taylor will travel to Sydney next month to watch the premiere of his short film Jadai: The Broome Brawler.

Taylor and his film partner, Leeming resident Nathan Mewett, were recipients of a Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship valued at $50,000 to create their film.

The film is based on the true story of Taylor’s late grandfather, Jadai, who was an Indigenous Mangala man from the desert region.

“It’s about the melting pot of different cultures coming together in Broome, back in the days where everyone was finding riches in the oceans but also those trying their hand at the odd jobs including the boxing circuit where people used to go and fight for money,” he said.

“It’s set in Broome in the 1960’s but we didn’t have enough funds to go with the whole crew up to Broome so we shot it down in the Wheatbelt in Brookton and in Perth at the Carlton Hotel – we also built a cop shop and shot it at Murdoch University.”

The short film was shot and produced from October 2018 to March this year.

Taylor said he will try to keep telling stories for the next five years.

“I hope to get more short films under my belt and hopefully get a feature film soon, whenever that comes,” he said.

The film will be unveiled at Dendy Opera Quays in Sydney on June 11, part of the Lexus Australia and Sydney Film Festival.