DIRECTOR MAT DE KONING
In 2011 Mat de Koning won the West Australian Young Film Maker of the Year Award in acknowledgement of his extensive body of work in short films, video installations, documentaries, music and skate videos. Mat was one of five directors selected to participate in the Art X West Series (a collaboration between the ABC and ScreenWest), The Bad Guy on prolific artist Abdul Abdullah. He is currently directing and producing a behind the scenes documentary for Ben Young’s debut feature film Hounds of Love. Mat has made films in remote Australian Indigenous communities, and was flown to India to create an experimental film for the International Awesome Arts Festival. Mat often works in the Super8 medium, winning six awards as part of the Revelation Film Festival’s Revel 8. He is currently in post-production on his second feature length documentary about his friend, the late artist, Matt Doust. In addition to being a documentary film maker – Mat is one-third of the trio Skate Sculpture, who are reshaping the West Australian landscape through integrated skate facilities.
PRODUCER BROOKE TIA SILCOX
Brooke recently won the $100,000 Emerging Producer Initiative from ScreenWest to develop a slate of documentary, film and television projects in 2017. She is producing the feature documentary on Matt Doust called 29 Years and Eight Days having produced the Bad Guy and Meal Tickets with de Koning. She is also currently producing a six-part web series Home: The Art of Ian Strange for ABC as well as the Hounds of Love behind the scenes documentary. Brooke has worked in the art and costume departments on film and TV productions in Melbourne and Perth including Underbelly, the Knowing, Winners & Losers and the Turning. Brooke was also a lawyer working in the Banking & Finance practice for the international law firm Allens.
PRODUCER DAVE KAVANAGH
Musician, song-writer, music-producer, band-manager, discoverer/mentor of talent (The Libertines, Will Stoker). Dave worked with punk legend Tommy Ramone as arranger and band member on Gabba Gabba Hey, a musical based on the songs of The Ramones. Dave is also a barrister and entrepreneur, car-share pioneer in London and New York (Classic Car Club, P1) and an expert and consultant on modernist and mid-century design. He has produced Meal Tickets (Australia, 2016) and the short film Dentine (London, 2002).
THE SCREWTOP DETONATORS
The Screwtop Detonators: Ben, Charlie, Mitch and Lee met at Kalamunda Senior High School in 1997. They bonded over punk rock and liquor. The band needed to be about beer and explosions, and they coined the name based on their interests. By 2003, the Screwtop Detonators had built crowds in the Perth music scene and had received radio support from RTR FM and Triple J. Their first self-titled E.P was released in 2005 (Rabbit Records). The title track, Let You Go, received airplay and was included on an American punk compilation. In 2005 they headed to the Bamboozle Festival, NY and toured the East Coast of America. In 2007 the band moved to Melbourne and supported bands including Teen-Generate, the Baby Animals, the New Christs and the Wildhearts. The ARIA award winning producer, Charles Fisher (Savage Garden, Radio Birdman, Hoodoo Gurus) developed recordings with the band. They also worked with Chris Dickie (the Pogues, Depeche Mode) and Morgan Nicholls (Muse). As a result of these recordings, in 2008 they released their debut album: 3,2,1…I’m Done (Off The Hip Records). In 2008 the drummer, Charlie Austen, left the band and moved back to Perth. The remaining band members recruited drummer Dan Morrison but decided to call it quits in 2010. Although officially over, the Screwtop Detonators have played some revival gigs over the last couple of years.
“[The Screwtop Detonators are my new favourite young Australian band”
– Deniz Tek, Radio Birdman.
WILL STOKER & THE EMBERS
Will Stoker sings hard, The Embers play hard. They are known for Will’s eccentric front man antics and cabaret, rock numbers. They have played the Big Day Out (2008), West Coast Blues & Roots (2008), RTR FM’s in the Pines (2008), Southbound Festival (2009), St Jerome’s Laneway Festival (2009) and headlined at the Beaufort Street Arts Festival (2015). They have supported Kasabian (2010) and the Charlatans (2010). The music video clip directed by Mat de Koning played on ABC TV’s Rage.
“The song writing nuance that went into each of the songs was quite breathtaking really…They were the most exciting on stage … we were standing at the back of the room just gaping going, ‘this is the finest thing I’ve ever seen’.”
– James Clements, BEAT MAGAZINE
“No lack of confidence when you put your name up front. No lack of confidence when you leap into the crowd. No lack of confidence in your band. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen someone so young, so filled with the exuberance and the stuff. You know the stuff. It’s the thing of rock dreams.”
– Neil Wedd, INDIE INITIATIVE