Closer Productions is an Adelaide-based film production co.
Closer Productions is an Adelaide-based film production co.
Closer Productions is a collective of award-winning filmmakers based in Adelaide, South Australia. The Closer team has created entertaining and provocative documentary, drama and experimental films, which have screened in cinemas, TV, art galleries and at major festivals around the world. Closer creates work for all kinds of screens and many different audiences. Closer also operate a services arm catering to a broad range of clients across education, business and the arts.
Sophie is a director and producer who makes provocative and intimate drama and documentary work. She directed, produced and co-wrote the innovative feature drama 52 TUESDAYS which won the directing award for world cinema at Sundance 2014 and the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale 2014.
As a producer, her documentaries include SAM KLEMKE'S TIME MACHINE (Sundance 2015) SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE (Sundance 2011) and LIFE IN MOVEMENT (Australian Documentary Prize 2012), which she also co-directed. Sophie was Executive Producer on TV projects including STUNT LOVE and Dendy Award winning I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES. She is currently a recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and Screen Australia’s Feature Enterprise Program.
Matt is a writer & director whose films search for meaning amongst the white noise of pop-culture.
<FEATURES> SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE World Cinema Documentary Competition Sundance 2011 / True False / New Directors New Films MOMA & Lincoln Centre 2011 SAM KLEMKE'S TIME MACHINE – World Premiere New Frontier Sundance 2015 / Official Selection Rotterdam 'Bright Futures' / HotDocs / Winner 'Artistic Vision' Award Doc Aviv/ AWGIE Award Best Documentary Screenplay '15
<SHORTS + TV> THE MYSTERY OF FLYING KICKS Official Selection SXSW 2010 / Winner Best Short Doc Melbourne International Film Festival 2010. WHAT THE FUTURE SOUNDED LIKE – Premiere SXSW 2008 / CPH:DOX / SHEFFIELD '08. I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES Winner Dendy Award for Best Film 2014. VIC INVADES – New York Times OpDocs 2015. STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU (Virtual Reality) ACMI / SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY 2016. HANNAH GADSBY'S OZ - 3 x TV SERIES. TAXI IN THE SEA - collab with NOWNESS
Bryan Mason is a multi-skilled director of Closer Productions. Having created 4 acclaimed skateboarding films Bryan is now an award winning editor and cinematographer.
Bryan shot, edited and produced the widely acclaimed 52 TUESDAYS for which he won the Screen Editors of Australia award for best feature. He won an AACTA award for his editing on feature documentary SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE and has won numerous awards for cinematography across his short/feature and dance film work. He Directed/shot and edited documentary LIFE IN MOVEMENT, which won the Australian documentary prize in 2011 Sydney Film Festival. He recently edited short film MY BEST FRIEND IS STUCK ON THE CEILING and feature doc SAM KLEMKE'S TIME MACHINE.
Bec is a producer with many years experience in television and film. Prior to joining Closer, Bec worked at the South Australian Film Corporation where she was instrumental in establishing their low budget feature initiative FilmLab; innovative for its risk-taking approach to financing films without market attachment and its focus on teams rather than projects.
Recently, Bec produced the doco/drama hybrid I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES and the 3-part ABC Arts series HANNAH GADSBY'S OZ. She is also one of the producers on the award winning feature drama 52 TUESDAYS. Bec's most recent project was director Matthew Bate's feature documentary SAM KLEMKE'S TIME MACHINE, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
For the last 6 years Matthew has worked in development, production, sales, and distribution at Adelaide-based Closer Productions across such projects as feature documentaries SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE and LIFE IN MOVEMENT, and hybrid doco/ drama I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES.
Matthew Cormack is a screenwriter and producer whose credits include the 52 TUESDAYS (Directing Award, World Cinema Dramatic at Sundance Film Festival and the Crystal Bear for Best Film at Berlin Film Festival), the award-winning short film MY LAST TEN HOURS WITH YOU, as well as co-creator of transmedia project MY 52 TUESDAYS. Matthew recently won the AWGIE for Best Original Screenplay for 52 TUESDAYS.
Follow Matt on twitter @mattofcormack
Raynor Pettge works as an editor, designer, and visual effects creator. Cutting his teeth on TVCs and corporate films, Raynor has since provided effects and motion graphics for a number of visually rich documentary productions including WHAT THE FUTURE SOUNDED LIKE, CONNECTED BY LIGHT, THE MYSTERY OF FLYING KICKS, as well as TV series such as HANNAH GADSBY'S OZ. He has also worked as a compositor on the People's Republic of Animation's Oscar-shortlisted short film The Cat Piano. Recently, Raynor was motion graphics creator on the Sundance selected feature documentaries SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE and SAM KLEMKE'S TIME MACHINE.
He is also the technological backbone on which Closer Productions runs, carrying us brazenly into the 21st Century.
Matt started working with Closer as a script supervisor and one of the production managers (with Kerri Hudson) on feature 52 TUESDAYS and continued as a production manager for HANNAH GADSBY'S OZ and I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES. Matt now works as a permanent member of the production team, managing Closer's development slate. As the third Matt at Closer, he's made life difficult for everyone.
Matt is also an emerging director and screenwriter, as well as part-time stand up comic. Matt has made a number of successful shorts and worked as writer across TV & Film. In 2014, Matt won Adelaide Comedy’s Rising Star Award for Best New Comedian, and was the recipient of the Colin Thiele Scholarship for Creative Writing. In 2015, Matt’s latest short, MY BEST FRIEND IS STUCK ON THE CEILING, starring Tom Ward (PLEASE LIKE ME) and Erin James (THE LITTLE DEATH) and produced by Closer Productions, premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival. It went on to screen at Sydney Film Festival as a Dendy Award Finalist, Palm Springs International ShortFest, and Melbourne International Film Festival. In the featured image, Matt is wearing a beanie that makes him look like Batman, a not so secret dream of his.
Christine has vast experience in film production and has worked on more than 20 feature film/TV projects including features THE BOYS ARE BACK, RED DOG, and WISH YOU WERE HERE, recently Line Producing the $2million indie horror THE PACK. Her move into producing has seen her focus initially on short-form work, including the ABC documentary MEATWORK, the MRC funded Next Step Initiative BIGGER MAN (as writer/producer) and Closer’s short comedy, MY BEST FRIEND IS STUCK ON THE CEILING. She was also selected to participate in the inaugural SPA Ones to Watch program. Additionally, she is currently developing a TV drama series concept that was selected for the SAFC’s very competitive D-Lab Pathways to Market Initiative, as well as a number of feature film projects.
Christine has joined Closer's team as part of Closer's successful application to Screen Australia's Gender Matters program.