Ballad For A Girl In Pain is a short film written and
directed by local filmmaker Amanda Jane Robinson. The film follows
Roxy, an adrift young woman, as she attempts to externalise her
pain the night after a traumatic breakup.
Ballad is about the melodramatic complexities that
come with being a young woman today. Through Roxy, I ask the
question: what does an independent woman look like before her
Ballad For A Girl In Pain is Amanda's final project
for her Masters in Screen Production at the University of Auckland.
It is being produced by Tom Augustine, Julie Zhu, Puteri Raja
Ariff, and Evie Mackay. We are excited to welcome Melbourne
cinematographer Amy Dellar as our Director of Photography.
We are thrilled to have an incredible cast featuring
newcomer Grace Kayes-Moller as Roxy, as well as 2018 Toi Whakaari
graduate Tara Erenskjold, Will Hall (Westside, Nothing Trivial,
Shortland Street) and Dahnu Graham (The Gulf).
Your contribution will go towards paying actors,
feeding cast and crew, and production design that will increase the
quality of the film. Any additional contributions over and above
our goal will go towards entering this film into festivals, which
often have high entry fees.
Every little bit makes a difference, both practically
and as a show of support for local filmmakers. Thank you!
Amanda Jane Robinson (writer, director, art
Amanda Jane Robinson is a writer and filmmaker
currently completing her Masters in Screen Directing at the
University of Auckland. Her written work has been published in
Metro, Vice, The Spinoff, and Flicks, and her films have been
exhibited at Shaanxi Normal University, Auckland Art Gallery,
Basement Theatre, and Studio One Toi Tū. She is also a film critic
and freelance art director for music videos and short films. Amanda
is particularly interested in stories of women's interiority and
places a strong focus on aesthetic and tone.
Amy Dellar (director of
Amy Dellar is a cinematographer from Melbourne, Australia. She
recently won the Best Cinematography award for short film 'Jupiter'
at Melbourne Queer Film Festival. She has completed two feature
films in the last two years, amongst many short films. She has a
passion for storytelling and turning words into moving
Tom Augustine (producer)
Tom is a critic and filmmaker who most recently won
the New Zealand Writers Guild 'Seed Advanced' grant to write his
first feature. Tom has directed numerous shorts and music videos,
including 'Take It Down' for Kiwi hip-hop artist JessB. He is also
a freelance writer for Shortland Street and New Zealand Herald's
Canvas Magazine. In 2015, Tom won the Geoff Evans Memorial Prize
for his short film Long Time Coming.
Julie Zhu (producer, assistant
Julie is a filmmaker, producer, photographer, and
storyteller with a focus on championing marginalised and
underrepresented voices. She has worked on a number of short films
including short documentary 'East Meets East' for Loading Docs, and
'Myth of the Model Minority' for TVNZ On Demand. She is currently
working on podcast series 'Conversations With My Immigrant Parents'
for Radio NZ.
Puteri Raja Ariff (producer)
Puteri is currently an Animation Producer
with award-winning animation house Cirkus, where she works on
various campaigns for international brands. She has also been
involved in a number of short films and music videos. Most recently
she production managed Someday Stories' 'Repugnant' and the JessB
music video for 'Take It Down'; and was also involved in
Chillybox's winning 48hours films '(Time) Travel Centre' and
Evie Mackay (associate producer)
Working as a photographic producer for some of the
top commercial and editorial photographers in the UK, Australia,
and New Zealand, Evie Mackay naturally progressed into production
for film. Her clients have included Clemenger BBDO, Saatchi &
Saatchi, GQ Magazine, Vogue, The Naked & Famous, David Dallas,
Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding, and Tiny Ruins.
Jake Mahaffy (university
Jake's micro-budget, self-made films have been
screened around the world at film festivals and independent venues
such as Venice (Orizzonti Prize for Best Film - 'Free In Deed'),
Sundance, SXSW (Grand Jury Prize), Rotterdam, Leeds, AFI,
Stockholm, Edinburgh, Moscow, Ljubljana, Boston MFA, MoMA (NY) and
others. He founded two new filmmaking programs at two universities
as an Associate Professor of Film and Art in the United States and
now coordinates the Screen Production program at the University of
Auckland in New Zealand.