Mallboy is the fourth film to be made under the Million $ Movies initiative, it was announced today by the Australian Film Commission (AFC).
Million $ Movies is a joint initiative of the AFC, SBS Independent, the Premium Movie Partnership and Beyond Films, to fund the production of five films with budgets of $1 million each over a three-year period.
Mallboy, to be filmed in Melbourne in July, is written and directed by Vincent Giarrusso and produced by Fiona Eagger. The film is a left-of-centre suburban tale about three days in the life of Shaun, a 15-year-old living on the edge.
Vincent Giarrusso has been writing prose, lyrics and scripts since 1986 and is well-known as a performer in the ARIA-Award winning band Underground Lovers.
Fiona Eagger has worked in film production since 1983, including four years with director Paul Cox. She produced Anna Kokkinos' Only The Brave, the internationally awarded animation The Web Series 1 and 2, and Way of the Birds, an animation series to screen on the Seven Network. She was co-producer of the ABC TV Series Mercury.
"Mallboy will be a film in the tradition of the films of Ken Loach and Mike Leigh mixed with a subversive sense of humour akin to the US animation programs South Park and The Simpsons. Mallboy is a low-budget film, but with high production values. It is written with a contemporary edge and at times savage sense of humor," said Fiona Eagger.
"The film will have resonances with teenagers and adults from every social sphere. On one level, it will have the appeal of a hip, urban tale fuelled by music and a drug-afflicted sense of surrealism and absurdity, making it often funny and outrageous. On another level, it will be a deeply affecting 'coming of age' story set in the real world of class struggle and welfare-supervised families."
The Chief Executive of the Australian Film Commission, Cathy Robinson, noted that the screenplay for Mallboy was first supported by the AFC's New Screenwriters Scheme.
"Million $ Movies and programs such as the New Screenwriters Scheme are about identifying and nurturing new Australian filmmaking talent and I am delighted that we will see this film go into production. The AFC believes the script for Mallboy is a strong and unique vision that should be realised by someone, like Vincent, who has a total understanding of the world his characters will inhabit."