13/12/2012: GET INTO TANGO UNDERPANTS
Emma Booth will star in Tango Underpants, a playful short film inspired by a true story, written by John Collee of Happy Feet and Master And Commander fame, co-directed by Miranda Edmonds and Khrob Edmonds. The producers are racing against the clock to raise $25,000 by crowdfunding which will trigger a further $75,000 from ScreenWest.
Tango Underpants, produced by Cottesloe Films in partnership with Impian Films,
tells the story of Carolyn - a young Australian backpacker who, after a bad breakup and too long on the road, has completely lost her mojo. However, all of that changes when she reaches South America where she discovers, not only the wonders of the Tango and the people but also, the vital importance of the right underwear.
Best known for her AFI award winning performance in Clubland and more recently for her Logie nominated role in Underbelly – The Golden Mile, Booth has just finished shooting the $30m US crime thriller Parker (starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez), and is currently filming See Saw Films’ Tracks.
According to Booth, she related to Carolyn immediately. “I think most of us have been in Carolyn’s shoes at some stage in our lives, exhausted by what life has thrown at you. But you reach a point, as Carolyn does, where you have to decide whether to participate in life or remain forever an observer. It’s a beautiful life-affirming story, and I can’t wait to experience Carolyn’s journey.”
Tango Underpants will be shot in Western Australia and South America by award-winning cinematographer Denson Baker ACS (Oranges And Sunshine, The Black Balloon). It is being executive produced by Tania Chambers, the former CEO of both ScreenNSW and ScreenWest, with Impian Film’s CEO Stephen Van Mil, (who is also co-producing The Drowner with Mel Gibson).
The team, says Chambers, is thrilled to have a star of Booth’s calibre attached to help showcase such exciting new talent. “Miranda and Khrob have amazing talent and vision. It is such a joyous project to work on - an absolute pleasure to be involved.”
“We now need help from the general public to get the film made,” says Chambers. Tango Underpants was selected to compete for funding under ScreenWest 3-to-1 Crowdfunding Initiative, which was launched this week on Australia’s longest running crowdfunding website, Pozible.
“Through our Pozible campaign, we are seeking to raise $25,000 and are hoping to have our budget quadrupled by ScreenWest, to give us our much-needed grand total of $100,000. As the pool of funds is limited, it is a race – one we can win, with your help,” said Chambers.
The ScreenWest pool is a total of $250,000 and there are 29 projects that have been approved by ScreenWest to try and raise funds that will trigger funding from the pool – but it’s first in best dressed, and each project must have at least 40 individual donors, who are not family members of the filmmakers.
“This 3 for 1 scheme has been a real catalyst for me,” says Chambers. “It has changed the way I think about projects; it’s more like a series of partnerships and it really makes you think about the fanbase. It’s very different to dealing with the traditional distributors and sales agents and financiers.”
The primary objective of making the film, says Chambers, is “getting that passport project for the directors who I think are really talented filmmakers – and it also gives us a chance to test drive the whole team. That in itself is an excellent exercise.”
In a director’s statement, Miranda Edmonds acknowledged her vision was ambitious, but also that she believed the story demanded they be true to the locations, shooting at least part of the production in South America.