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Short Film (2020)

The Australian Film, Television and Radio School


Dir. Andreas Giannopoulos

Drama, 15mins 27secs

Super 16mm Film, Colour


ADG 2021 Award for Best Direction in a Student Film

Creative pursuits collide with matters of the heart on Melbourne’s inner-city streets. Lou, a young essayist,
is trying to finish his first paid piece, but can’t find the right words. Nor can he find the words to express his
feelings to his crush Sylvie, a woman nine years his senior. Lou co-hosts an independent radio show with
his friend Elena, an amateur director who is preparing a play in a secret attempt to reveal her own feelings
for Lou. When the truth comes out, Lou’s essay, and his understanding of love, begin to change.

This Australian Film Television and Radio School Master of Arts Screen graduating project is being written and directed by Andréas Giannopoulos with producer Braiden Asciak, cinematographer Ehran Edwards, and editor James A. Thomas.

Shot in Melbourne in Autumn 2019 on Super 16 film, Friends of Mine features emerging talent Alex Donnelly (as Lou), Chi Nguyen (as Elena), and Emily Joy (as Sylvie), against the real-life backdrops of Fitzroy’s Babka Bakery Café, Triple R’s East Brunswick studios, Northcote’s Neighbourhood Books, and Clifton Hill’s Darling Gardens.

Friends of Mine is currently being submitted to film festivals.

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