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Australian Short Film, Shot by ACS Member Franc Biffone, THE WILDING, to premiere at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival

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Written and directed by Grant Scicluna and produced by Jannine Barnes, THE WILDING tells the story of Malcolm, a juvenile inmate who is offered a chance at parole. Torn between his chance for freedom and protecting the one he loves, he makes a devastating decision with dramatic results.

THE WILDING will screen in Generation 14plus where it's in competition for a coveted Crystal Bear. Screening dates are 13, 16, 18 and 19 February. For full program details, visit:

THE WILDING creative team is made up of the best and brightest in Australian filmmaking. Writer/director Grant Scicluna has had great success on the festival circuit with his short films Golden Girl, Colin The Dog, Neon Skin (winner of the NFSA's Orlando Award) and Fast Lane. His film Fugue won the Panorama Award at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival.

Producer Jannine Barnes has made a number of award-winning short films including Ray, The Drop, Swing and Fast Lane. She has recently produced the documentary In the Raw and the short film Golden Girl. THE WILDING has cinematography by Francesco Biffone, production design by Tim Burgin, editing by Anthony Cox and sound design by AACTA award-winning Emma Bortignon.

It features raw, impassioned performances from Reef Ireland (Blessed, Tangle, Bed of Roses, Rush), Frank Sweet (2:37, Killing Time, Rush, City Homicide), Luke Mullins (Neon Skin, War of the Roses, The Season at Sarsaparilla) and Shannon Glowacki in his screen debut.

THE WILDING was developed and produced through Screen Australia's Springboard Initiative. Springboard is committed to galvanising the connection between short filmmaking and a feature film career. It provides an opportunity for filmmaking teams to create a short film that speaks directly to their feature film screenplay, providing a strong showcase into the marketplace. The creative team behind THE WILDING are currently in development with their feature film, Scratch the Surface.


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