Orana Artists: Kellie Jennar
Meet Dubbo-based filmmaker Kellie Jennar, who is currently making a film as part of Createability 2016.
Tell us about your artistic practice:
I am a screenwriter and filmmaker based in Dubbo, NSW. I write short and feature length screenplays for both the big and small screen. I am a member of the Dubbo Filmmakers Group. We are a collective group who work on film projects together throughout the year and meet once a month to discuss story ideas, share our work and discuss filmmaking news. New members are always welcome.
In collaboration with my colleague Milena Sallustio, I also produce commissioned videos for corporate clients such as Barnardos and the Department of Family and Community Services.
Proudest professional/creative moment?
My proudest moment so far is being commissioned to write a feature length film for a Sydney Production Company.
What are you working on at present?
One major project I’m working on is a short film that will profile Justine Kuhner, a Dubbo based singer and songwriter who has Asperger Syndrome. This film came about thanks to a grant I received from the Createability Project run by Northern Rivers Screenworks.
The key objective of CREATEABILITY 2016 is to provide funded opportunities for professional filmmakers to profile artists with disability living and creating in regional NSW.
I am working on two major screenplay projects with a Sydney Production Company – one is a feature film, set in Niagara Falls and the other is a TV series adapted from one of my original feature film scripts.
I am also preparing to shoot an ambitious short film of mine, either late this year, or early next year.
What inspires your work?
I get inspiration from reading the paper, people watching in the street through to the movies I watch and the dreams I have. What I’m most passionate about is exploring the grey areas in life – that space that lives between good and bad.
I see storytelling and filmmaking as a unique and effective way to engage and connect with the world, to inform and challenge the audience as well as entertain. That is what inspires me, to use the art of film to not only engage and inspire the audience, to start conversations. Filmmaking is an extremely challenging process but it is also incredibly rewarding.
What’s one thing that you wish you knew starting out?
There will be a lot of rejection. Rejection is a part of the process and part of the industry. The most important thing is to always believe in yourself, your work and never give up your dream.