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MAKING VENUS

SYNOPSIS:
From September 1997 for five years, two cousins tried to produce a low budget feature film from what was originally meant to be a short. Itís a story about a porn star who tries to break into serious acting, and itís called The Venus Factory, with Tony Bonner and Terry Serio among its cast. The script is proving difficult from the start. As delays and misadventures increase and the budget blows out to many multiples of the modest original, the producers grow increasingly desperate and stressed.†


Review by Andrew L. Urban:
As riveting as watching a train crash on a suspension bridge in slow motion, Making Venus is the ultimate combo of dark comedy, psychological thriller and cinema very-bloody-realitť. Itís also a rather good deterrent for anyone who thinks they can make a movie, low budget or not, just because they are determined.†

In some respects it reminds me of Startup.Com, which studied the rise and collapse an internet business in America. Whatever possessed Gary Doust to pick this bunch and start shooting the documentary even before they started shooting the film is a wondrous mystery of Australian cinema. He wasnít to know it would unravel over four years and give him enough material for a feature film. He wasnít to know his subject was going to be compelling.†

Maybe it was instinct, maybe it was luck. In any case, had he any inkling, he would have probably invested a bit more in the sound equipment, so when it was magnified for the cinema screen (as opposed to the playback on the digital video camera viewfinder), it would not grate our ears off. The rough and ready style is totally befitting the subject, of course, and the incredulity/entertainment value of the film is in direct proportion to the pain the producers and filmmakers go through. See it and squirm.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0


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MAKING VENUS (MA)
(Aus)

CAST: Documentary featuring writer/directors Glenn Fraser, then Denis Whitburn, producers Jason Gooden and Julian Saggers, their investors and their crew

PRODUCER: Tom Zubrycki, Gary Doust

DIRECTOR: Gary Doust

SCRIPT: Gary Doust

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Gary Doust

EDITOR: Alison Croft

MUSIC: Paul Healy

PRODUCTION DESIGN: n/a

RUNNING TIME: 70 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Gil Scrine Films

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: Brisbane: January 23, 2003. Sydney: February 20, 2003







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