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Australian 21 year old Nick Danger’s debut, Sick, has won Best Comedy Feature and Best Supporting Actress at the American Independent Filmmaker Showcase (IFS) and will now screen at the annual Independent Filmmaker Showcase Film Festival in Los Angeles on March 22.

IFS judges remarked: “Themes that could easily fall into cliché are done with intellect and fresh sensitivity. We wish Hollywood still made films this honest and funny”.

A student at Sydney Film School, “Nick has always been audacious and his latest film is no exception: it is a frank and funny portrayal of what high school students get up to on weekends. It’s all the more astonishing when you consider the shoestring budget,” said Sydney Film School Director Ben Ferris.

A feature comedy, Sick is a teenage party romp with heart and intellect. James and Rachel are high school best friends set to have a party. When a ‘sure thing’ gets invited to the party, James has only one thing on his mind, ignorant to the fact that Rachel wants to be more than just friends - the result is a love triangle that takes the party to a new level.

Written, directed, produced, edited and starring in the film, Nick raised $5,000 to finance the project, with his brother and father paying for the editing.

“I was inspired by 'Clerks’, Kevin Smith’s independent extremely low budget comedy about people who just seem to spend their day at work talking and talking. It had one main location, few characters, and hilarious dialogue. I figured I could do the same: a teenage party set over one night, only one group of friends therefore few costume changes. I wanted to play with comedy and drama as Kevin Smith's works do and I approached this project as Robert Rodriguez did on his first film, 'El Mariachi' an action film shot for $7000: Rodriguez did as many jobs as he could, so he could learn. He shot things quickly and cost cut anywhere possible," said Danger.

“At Sydney Film School we had lots of practical experience and this really spurred me on and boosted my confidence. Being a filmmaker is all I’ve ever wanted to be. In creating Sick I wanted to play with comedy and drama so the dialogue is very frank and sounds like what teens are actually saying to each other. I think audiences might be shocked by the realism,” said Danger.

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