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Judas Collar

How far would you go to save the herd?

In outback Australia, a feral camel is fitted with a tracking device known as a Judas Collar that brings with it the undue guilt of betrayal.

Judas Collar won Best Narrative Short Film at the Austin Film Festival 2018 and is now eligible to enter the Academy Awards 2020. It has also been nominated for Best Short Film at the 8th Annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards. Judas Collar premiered at the Sydney Film Festival. Director Alison James received a Special Mention for the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director at the 48th Sydney Film Festival Dendy Short Film Awards. It was selected for the Melbourne International Film Festival Australian Shorts program and won Best Cinematography at the Heart of Gold Film Festival.

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Directed by Alison James
Produced by Brooke Tia Silcox
Director of Cinematography: Michael McDermott
Edited by Lawrie Silvestrin

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29 Years Eight Days

The story of an artist who thought he was going to die young and lived like it.

29 Years Eight Days is an intimate portrayal of a friendship, an obsession, the quest for artistic success, loss and longing in love but most of all it is about the making of an artist in our time. Matt Doust was an internationally renowned portrait painter who was born in Santa Monica and grew up in the hills of Perth. He died suddenly from an epileptic fit a week before his debut solo exhibition in Los Angeles. He lived with an innate sense that his life was going to be short. It was this sense of brevity that made him paint with extreme conviction, commitment, passion, focus, motivation and love.

This project has received Documentary Development Funding from Screenwest and Screen Australia. It is also supported by the Documentary Australia Foundation. Donations are being sought and can be made through DAF

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Feature documentary

Directed by Mat de Koning
Produced by Brooke Tia Silcox

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The Afghan Bug

A look at the expat experience in Afghanistan and the footprint left by the foreign presence.

Off the back of the success of Travis Beard’s first film ROCKABUL, his new film will continue to explore the country he called home for seven years, Afghanistan. This film will be a more intimate journey that will dig deeper into the social fabric of the exotic, unique and unknown corner of the world. It will unearth the cultural phenomenon of hedonistic expat lifestyle that intermingled with newly democratic Afghan citizens against the backdrop of the Western war-machine and analyse the footprint left behind. Was it really worth it? What was really achieved?

The Afghan Bug has received Documentary Development Funding from Screen Australia.

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Directed by Travis Beard
Produced by Travis Beard and Brooke Silcox

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RocKabul

Inside a decimated nation, witness the birth, rise and fall of Afghan rock music.

Would you put your life on the line for your music?

RocKabul is a long form observational documentary about Afghanistan's first metal band, District Unknown, during the height of the war. After living in Afghanistan for seven years, Australian filmmaker Travis Beard began recording his friends to chronicle a part of Afghan life that is rarely shown in Western media. The film features never before seen footage of Kabul and the underground party scene, at odds with an extremely conservative society. To fight conflict with culture, District Unknown literally put themselves and their followers in the firing line. They became targets because their music connected and communicated to and with Afghan youth, the expat community in Afghanistan and internationally. We watch as the five unassuming young men in the band come of age and deal with identity and freedom in a place where both can get you killed. The film highlights a moment that speaks to the upheavals still rippling through the nation. Watch Trailer

RocKabul was funded by Screen Australia and US Embassy, Kabul. It is produced by Rockabul Pty Ltd in association with No Thing Productions, Argus, TigerNest Films and Gammaglimt.

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Feature documentary

Directed by Travis Beard
Produced by No Thing Productions, Argus, TigerNest Films and UpNorth
Executive Producers: Travis Beard, Bill Gould, Leslie Knott and Clementine Malpas
Co-Producers: Christian Falch, Torstein Parelius

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Hounds of Love – Behind the Scenes

The behind the scenes on Ben Young's debut feature film.

A look at the process behind the making of writer-director Ben Young's debut feature film Hounds of Love. The documentation includes interviews with Ben (FIF Best Director) and actors Emma Booth (FIF Best Actress), Ashleigh Cummings (Fedora Best Actress), Stephen Curry, Susie Porter, Damian de Montemas and Harrison Gilbertson as well as key crew including cinematographer Mick McDermott.

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Home: The Art of Ian Strange

Home: The Art of Ian Strange looks at how growing up in the suburbs of Perth led to a growing sense of cultural unease around the idea of suburbia and home. It is a detailed and informative look at the process behind constructing Ian’s large-scale interventions on houses around the world. Watch Trailer

This documentary series was selected as one of four of the Arts Bites series in 2016. An initiative of ABC Arts, Screen Australia and Screenwest. Produced by Transmedia for Change in association with No Thing Productions.

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6 × ~ 5 minute documentary series

Directed by Ian Strange
Produced by Amanda Morrison, Brooke Silcox, Jedda Andrews
Edited by Dominic Pearce

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Meal Tickets

A band of best friends, a roadie that wanted to be a rock star, a documentary ten years in the making.

A documentary filmed over 10 years, Meal Tickets is a cautionary tale of life in the world of modern day rock ‘n’ roll, and its realities vs its aspirations. Director Mat de Koning captures the rollercoaster journey of a young Perth band, the Screwtop Detonators, their manager Dave Kavanagh (an ex-mentor to The Libertines) and their one-time roadie, Will Stoker. Initially ambitious and eager for fame and fortune, their aspirations change over time as they discover the depth of the struggle and sacrifice required to make it in the music industry. It’s not just sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, it’s growing up, masculinity, mateship, relationships and finding your place in the world. Watch Trailer

Meal Tickets is available on Vimeo and iTunes

This feature documentary received discretionary funding from Screenwest in 2014. Produced by Pick Productions in association with No Thing Productions and MADKoning.

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92 minute feature documentary

Directed by Mat de Koning
Produced by Brooke Tia Silcox, Mat de Koning, Dave Kavanagh
Edited by Mat de Koning, Dominic Pearce, Brooke Tia Silcox

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  • Best Australian Documentary:
    Meal Tickets @ Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2017
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Tane Andrews 2.0

Artist Tane Andrews was commissioned to create a sculptural work in response to the anniversary of the Vacanti Mouse as part the DeMonstrable SymbioticA at Lawrence Wilson Gallery, University of Western Australia. The short film and complementary Instagram pieces were created to promote the exhibition. Watch Film

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1 × 2 minute art film (2015)

Directed by Tane Andrews
Produced by Brooke Tia Silcox
Cinematography by AJ Coultier
Edited by Dominic Pearce

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Abdul Abdullah: The Bad Guy

Abdul Abdullah is an artist, a Muslim and a seventh generation Australian who has become increasingly political in his art practice to keep pace with the politicisation of his faith. In 'Abdul Abdullah: The Bad Guy' he expresses his personal experience through art. Watch Film

The short documentary was one of five selected as part of the ABC Arts and Screenwest ArtsXWest initiative. Produced by Pick Productions in association with No Thing Productions.

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1 × 5 minute documentary (2014)

Directed & Edited by Mat de Koning & Brooke Silcox
Produced by Brooke Tia Silcox

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No Thing Productions is a film production company working in drama and documentary. Its mission is to engage, entertain, educate, enlighten and enrich.

Portrait of Brooke Silcox

Brooke Silcox Producer

brooke@no-thing.co

Brooke Silcox has three degrees: Fine Arts, Communication and Cultural Studies (with a major in Performing Arts) and Juris Doctor Law. She has practised as a Banking & Finance lawyer for international Top Tier firm Allens Linklaters. While a lawyer, working on some of the largest corporate and finance transactions in Australia, Brooke was the state coordinator of the firm's Reconciliation Action Plan with Indigenous Australia and balanced a producing career. In 2016, she won the Emerging Producer Initiative of $100,000 to go to professional and production development in drama and documentary. She founded the production company No Thing Productions and commenced full time producing.

Her work includes Rockabul (feature documentary, World Premiere Rotterdam International Film Festival, Nominated Documentary Australia Foundation Award); Judas Collar (short film, World Premiere Sydney Film Festival (SFF), Special Mention Best Direction SFF, Nominated Best Short Film Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), Nominated AACTA Awards for Best Australian Short Film; Meal Tickets (feature documentary, World Premiere MIFF, Won Best Australian Documentary at Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (MDFF); Home the Art of Ian Strange (Online Web Series for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), The Bad Guy: Abdul Abdullah (short documentary for the ABC).

Her Fine Art background informed numerous years working in the art and costume department of the film and TV industry. Productions include the films: The Knowing, Blessed, The Killer Elite, The Turning, and the Australian television series Winners and Losers, among many others. She has also curated exhibitions including Create the Example for the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival on social impact.

She is currently selected by Screen Producers Australia as one of the top twenty emerging producers in Australia as part of the "Ones to Watch" Program.

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