After a successful year on the international short film circuit, South Australian animated short, Stanley & Dean, written and directed by Hugh Sullivan and produced by Kate Croser, has signed distribution deals with two North American companies, Atom.com (a division of Comedy Central) and Ouat Media (based in Toronto, Canada).
Stanley & Dean, a darkly comic tale about inept brothers Stanley and Dean who set out on a road trip for revenge, was originally commissioned by the ABC, South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and mobile phone content aggregators m.Net Corporation as part of the miniSeries initiative and was conceived and produced as 5 x 1 minute episodes for mobile phone distribution. Along with the three other projects produced through miniSeries, Stanley & Dean was one of the first examples of narrative content produced specifically for the mobile and wireless devices platform in Australia.
With additional backing from the SAFC the team produced a 5-minute short film version of the project for festivals and other distribution platforms. Over the past twelve months the film has enjoyed success on the international short film festival circuit, with Official Selection at the Palm Springs International Shortfest and the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto. Stanley & Dean also screened in Official Competition sections at the International Young Audiences Film Festival Ale Kino in Poland, the Flickerfest International Short Film Festival and the Shorts Film Festival in Adelaide.
After winning the 2006 Qantas Spirit of Youth Award (SOYA) for Moving Pictures, Hugh Sullivan has just completed a two year Master of Arts in Directing at the prestigious Australian Film, Television and Radio School where he wrote and directed a number of short films, including Family Man which screened as part of the competitive Accelerator program at the 2008 Melbourne International Film Festival and the recently completed The Art of Darts and Dying. Both films are currently touring the international festival circuit.
Kate Croser has recently established Cyan Films, an Adelaide-based feature film production company, with fellow producer Julie Ryan and has just produced her first feature film, the Iranian/Australian collaboration My Tehran For Sale which will have its world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival in February.
Hugh and Kate are looking forward to collaborating again on a slate of feature film projects in 2009.
Stanley & Dean was launched on the Atom.com site last week and can be viewed by following the link: http://www.atom.com/funny_videos/stanley_dean/
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Hugh Sullivan and Kate Croser
Hugh Sullivan (writer/director) and Kate Croser (producer) are Adelaide-based filmmakers who collaborated on the making of Stanley & Dean. Hugh and Kate are currently developing feature film concepts together.
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