The next chapter in filmaker's career

Coffs Coast film-maker Simon Portus on the set with cast and crew of Tomorrow.
Coffs Coast film-maker Simon Portus on the set with cast and crew of Tomorrow.

VALLA filmmaker and screenwriter Simon Portus may just be working on the script of an internationally acclaimed Australian movie.

The well known Coffs Coast screenwriter is set to delve into his first feature film, after his screenplay Dog Eat Dog was selected for the Screen NSW 2011 Aurora Script workshop.

The prestigious film workshop, funded by the State Government, supports just four projects annually, having produced films like Animal Kingdom and Somersault.

Winning financial backing for Dog Eat Dog will mark the next chapter in Simon’s already illustrious filmmaking career.

“Hopefully in the next few years we will be able to make our first feature film,” Mr Portus said.

“Although it’s likely to take years before it reaches the screen due to the long and extensive process that’s involved in filmmaking, the transition from short films is one I can’t wait to make.

“Ideally I’d like to see Dog Eat Dog filmed in the local area,” he said.

Simon is working with his long-term producer David Curzon on the project.

Dog Eat Dog tells the story of a man who is forced to confront his own brutality when his family is threatened. Currently the script is at second draft stage.

Simon’s debut short film Adrift, funded by the NSW Film and Television Office, premiered at the Sydney Film Festival Dendy Awards in 2006.

He then went on to win international acclaim with Tomorrow, which won best film, best direction and best actor at the St Kilda Film Festival.

Tomorrow premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2009 and won best direction and best screenplay at Flickerfest last year.

“The thing about film- making is that you just never know what the audience is going to react to.

“Take Tomorrow for instance, it really hit a chord with people and as a filmmaker there’s nothing more satisfying than to see an audience appreciate the film you have taken years to make,” he said.

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