The first sci-fi to star indigenous Australians has been written and produced by Josh Bryer, M&C Saatchi associate creative director.
Kindred has been raising money through crowdsourced funding platform, IndieGogo and has a number of industry pros lending their talent and resources, including Dan Higson of Smith & Western (Music and Sound), Pauline Piper and Will Alexander of Heckler (CGI), Charles Ivory (Editing), Bill McGuire (CGI) and Chris McHardy (DOP).
M&C Saatchi decided to top the fundraising campaign up to 100 per cent with a $5,000 contribution.
Bryer said that it was rare that an agency backed its people’s passions beyond adland.
“But it’s something M&C Saatchi believes in, and it’s one of the reasons I’m still happy to get up for work after nearly five years at the agency,” he said.
The project has also recently secured experienced indigenous actor, Damion Hunter to play the lead role.
A short trailer has also just been released, as a little taste of the film’s tone and a sneak preview of some of the CGI.
Contributions are still being accepted to cover CGI costs, with 10 days to go until the fundraising deadline expires. Trailer is viewable on the website.
The film will be shot in early September at director, Oscar Nicholson’s studio, ON Productions, in Surry Hills and is slated for release in late March.