Clare Sladden wins best comedy web series at Gold Coast Film Festival for FREUDIAN SLIP

Clare Sladden wins best comedy web series at Gold Coast Film Festival for FREUDIAN SLIP

Congratulations to TFA’s acclaimed writer/director Clare Sladden on winning the Best Comedy Web Series Award for Freudian Slip at the Screen Industry Gala Awards!


Freudian Slip is a comedy web-series that uses Freud’s theory of the split self to externalise internal dilemmas around love, sex & pooping. Starring Caitlin Hill, Amy Ingram, Ngoc Phan, James Mason, Benjamin Law & Nick Simpson-Deeks.


This award-winning comedy will screen at the Gold Coast Film Festival ‪next Saturday 13 April, 4pm. Don’t miss it!


If you’re a GC local, or just visiting for the Festival, you can buy tickets to catch it on the big screen


If you can’t make it to the festival, watch it on youtube here:


Ben Chessell Directing Giri/Haji for Netflix and BBC

Ben Chessell Directing Giri/Haji for Netflix and BBC

Congratulations to Ben Chessell who will be helming upcoming Netflix/BBC drama Giri/Haji, shooting in the UK and Japan.

TFA’s acclaimed director, who was nominated for an Australian Directors’ Guild Award for his work on The Family Law Series 2 & 3, recently wrapped on Doctor Doctor before jetting off to the UK to join the Sister Pictures production.

Ben will be one of two directors on the series produced by Jane Featherstone and penned by Humans writer, Joe Barton. Giri/Haji follows a middle-aged Tokyo detective who travels to London in search of his wayward younger brother believed to be posing as a Yakuza gangster. The series is set to air on BBCOne while Netflix will stream globally outside of the UK.

TFA’s Ben Chessell Series Director for ‘The Family Law Season 2’

The Family Law season two will commence on SBS; Thursday the 15th of June at 8.30pm. The series was directed by The Fleming Agency’s Ben Chessell.

The Family Law is a coming-of-age story told through the eyes of teenager Benjamin as he navigates growing up amidst the chaos of his hilarious, heart-warming and dysfunctional family.

The show was developed and produced by Matchbox Pictures in association with Screen Queensland, Screen Australia and SBS.


Watch the trailer here:




Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy at 2016 Sydney Film Festival & Melbourne International Film Festival

284629-the-devil-s-candy-0-250-0-375-cropThe Devil’s Candy has been one of the first films to be announced for this years Sydney Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival. TFA’s Sean Byrne wrote and directed the feature which premiered at Midnight Madness in Toronto in 2015.

TFA’s Simon Chapman was Director of Photography.

Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy wins at Gerardmer Film Festival

Sean-Byrne-01 Sean Byrne’s latest feature film, The Devil’s Candy, has won two awards at the Gerardmer International Film Festival in France.

The award-winning director’s latest offering won the Prix du Public – Audience Award along with Best Original Score award.

Congratulations to Sean who is currently in Australia developing his next feature film.

The Devil’s Candy applauded after opening at TIFF

Sean Byrne’s feature film received excellent reviews after it’s debut screening at MIFF.

The Devil’s Candy is the complete midnight movie package. It’s got characters to root for, a clever narrative, and a spot-on mix of scares–those that are brimming with energy and others that’ll seep in and mess with your head

For full review: >

Australian cinematographer, Simon Chapman’s work is also a highlight of The Devil’s Candy.

MIFF to screen feature film, Sucker – Saturday 15 August 4pm








Sucker is the debut feature film from director Ben Chessell and comedian Lawrence Leung.  Lawrence and Ben co-wrote the screenplay which stars legendary British actor, Timothy Spall.

MIFF is screening Sucker on Saturday 15 August at 4pm at Hoyts 11.

More details on their website.

“This polished feature film debut from MIFF Accelerator alumnus Ben Chessell is based on Leung’s critically acclaimed and award-winning solo stage show of the same name.”



Pre-Production commences on The Devils Candy

Pre-Production has begun in Austin, Texas on The Devils Candy, the upcoming feature film written and directed by Sean Byrne who is joined by cinematographer Simon Chapman ACS. Producers are Chris Harding, Jessica Wu and Keith Calder for Snoot Entertainment.

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