In a new, predatory ice age, two brothers search for a place to call home.
As the oldest of three brothers, I got an early start at directing – ordering my brothers Ethan and Noah in fierce make-believe sword fights in our basement. In many ways, this film is an extension of those childhood adventures: it is a story of two brothers in battle against a harsh new world, and it stars my youngest brother Noah.
Over the last few years, I’ve watched Noah grow up. No longer just my kid brother, he is now one of my best friends. At its core, this is a film that imagines what it takes to grow up in a dangerous and lawless world. The story centers on a boy who still remembers what life used to be like before everything turned to ice – a childhood of birthday parties and movies and after-school cartoons. As Jem clings to his childhood, the responsibility for their lives falls to Cody, the older brother. He stays awake each night, rifle in hand, making sure they survive to see the next morning.
This is a film about a younger brother forced to grow up faster than he wants to, and an older brother who will do anything to protect the brother he loves.
***Oh, and if you’ve got headphones, use them. And jack up the volume.***
When Martin, a South Sudanese refugee, happens upon a bull he believes is his spiritual totem, he decides to rescue it from the abattoir he works in. Once home, the bull begins to jeopardise Martin’s family’s chance at fitting in. Martin is torn between his ancient cultural identity and his family’s new life in Australia. Written & Directed by Eddy Bell – vimeo.com/user9353044