The latest news from the Factor 30 team.


Feature Film Hounds Of Love – Financed

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Ben Young’s debut feature film is financed with Screen Australia and ScreenWest.



AACTA Nomination for Karroyul

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Fantastic news for Spear Point Productions with an AACTA short film nomination for Karroyul.



Karroyul in discussion

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Kelrick Martin and Jac Hewer discuss Karroyul with Cinema Australia.




Karroyul wins at WA Screen Awards

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Kelrick Martin’s debut short drama Karroyul wins best short film at the WA Screen Awards. Written by Kim Scott and Produced by Jaclyn Hewer and Melissa Kelly under the Spear Point banner. The film also won best Editing Short Form for Lawrie Silvestrin. Congratulations to all.



SPA Ones To Watch 2015 – Jaclyn Hewer

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Jaclyn Hewer has been selected for Screen Producers Australia’s talent identification program Ones To Watch.  Congratulations Jac!


Success for Karroyul (Returning)

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Thanks ScreenWest for this great news item…

Mesmerising WA short Karroyul has enjoyed a warm reception in the Eastern states this month, winning Best Achievement in Indigenous Film at the St Kilda Film Festival in Melbourne on June 4 and a well-received screening at the Sydney Film Festival on June 10.

Karroyul is a spiritual, coming-of-age journey adapted from the short story A Refreshing Sleep by Miles Franklin Award-winning Indigenous writer Kim Scott. It was filmed in the serene South West of Western Australia and showcases a unique, lush and ancient forest environment rarely seen on Australian screens.

Karroyul is nominated for five WA Screen Awards, which will take place at the Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA on Monday, 29 June 2015.

Karroyul - Creatives and Cast


Hot Shots

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Director/ writer Corrie Jones has been selected alongside producing team Melissa Kelly and Jaclyn Hewer for Screen Australia’s Hot Shots funding with the project WHIRLPOOL.

Synopsis: After Regan’s father is killed in a fire, Regan and her friend, Lucas, set out to seek retribution on the couple whom they believe are responsible for his death.  Based on the short story Cumberland Breakdown by Joyce Carol Oates

Corrie has directed two award winning short films Water and Victim and currently works as a TVC director for Melbourne based production house Guilty.


Factor 30 Films and Spear Point Productions

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Factor 30 and Spear Point Productions join forces on the short drama KARROYUL (Returning) for ABC 1. Kelrick Martin to direct and Melissa Kelly & Jac Hewer to produce.  KARROYUL (Returning) is an adaptation of the Kim Scott short story ‘A Refreshing Sleep’.


West Coast Visions Funding

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Factor 30 secures West Coast Visions Production Funding on writer/ director Ben Young’s debut feature film HOUNDS OF LOVE.

“West Coast Visions is unparalleled in Australia.  Designed to develop and boost the career of talented Western Australian filmmakers, the initiative provides $750,000 to make a feature film,” ScreenWest’s Rikki Bestall, A/ Chief Executive – Development said.

“Highly competitive, applicants must have a well-developed, budget-savvy and marketable project with a team that can deliver it. Ben and Melissa delivered this and I congratulate them on being awarded this year’s West Coast Visions funding.”

The story centres on a teenager’s psychological battle to win her freedom after being abducted by a serial killer couple.  The fictional screenplay draws from a number of true crimes.



TV Comedy Funding

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Factor 30 secures development funding on TV Comedy series.