Top-notch opportunity for young WA producer

Lauren Brunswick won the WASA Young Filmmaker of the Year award last week.Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d440897
Lauren Brunswick won the WASA Young Filmmaker of the Year award last week.Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d440897

The West Perth resident won the Young Filmmaker of the Year Award, as well as the best direction for short form award at the annual WA Screen Awards in June.

Brunswick said Top Knot Detective, which she is producing as a series for SBS, was the first short film she had ever directed.

�It was such a flippin� shock,� she said. �I was also nominated for the young filmmaker award last year too. A producer has never won it and it has almost always gone to guys.�

Brunswick said she found the process of making a living from films daunting at first but chalked her success up to being headstrong.

��although my boyfriend would probably say �stubborn�,� she said.

�I, at 25, shouldn�t really have a TV series.

�The market is really opening up with the internet; we have multiplatform films, online distribution is massive and we have to compete.�

Brunswick, who is a board member of the Film and Television Institute (FTI), said Perth had always had an incredibly supportive film and TV industry, probably because it was so isolated.

She was also one of 14 producers accepted into the 2015 Screen Producers Australia Ones to Watch program that will see her travel to the US to attend meetings in LA and New York for the development of a feature film she is producing.

�My mentor will help develop the programs and get them market-ready,� she said.