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 Rebecca Thomson, Tasmanian filmmaker’s star on the rise,

Tasmanian filmmaker, Rebecca Thomson has succeeded in generating a real buzz about the Tasmanian screen industry at a national level following her recent win at the 2012 Holding Redlich Pitching Competition at the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) Conference in Melbourne.

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Along with two other finalists, Rebecca pitched her musical feature film project about zombie lesbians to more than 700 screen producers at SPAA on November 2013. As part of her prize package, Rebecca will have the opportunity to take her film project to an international film market of her choice (including Cannes) with the aim of raising the funds required to turn her dream into a reality.

Rebecca’s win comes as no surprise to Screen Tasmania, having already recognised Rebecca’s talents through its silverScreen program, which provides tailored career support for emerging screen practitioners.

Rebecca has written and directed five short films to date, all of which have tended towards the darkly comic.

Rufus, a seven minute film about an urban vampire who meets his prey through internet dating sites, won Wide Angle Tasmania Judge’s Award for Tropfest in 2009 and has since screened at numerous festivals including Melbourne Underground Film Festival and San Francisco Independent Film Festival. Apple Head, a short horror film about an evil apple head doll, won the Hobart City Council award for best Tasmanian Tropfest entry 2010.

Rebecca’s next short film, Slashed was made as part of Raw Nerve in 2010. Raw Nerve is a Screen Australia production initiative that is delivered in partnership with Wide Angle Tasmania and provides emerging filmmakers with funding plus in-kind support and mentoring to make a short film. A gender studies lecture at university introduced Rebecca to the rather obscure literary genre of slash fiction, a genre which immediately appealed to her. Slashed explores the phenomenon of slash fiction through the eyes, words and lives of two women two women who explore their erotic fantasies through the world of online fiction.

Both Slashed and Cupcake have gone on to screen at numerous festivals worldwide and have won several awards, as detailed below:

Slashed (11 minutes, 2010, director)

  • Melbourne Queer Film Festival Special Commendation and Audience Award for Favourite Australian Film Melbourne Australia, March 2011
  • Mardi Gras Film Festival Finalist in My Queer Career Award Sydney, February 2011

Cupcake (17 minutes, 2010, writer/director)

  • Winner of Jury Award for Best Female Directed Short Film at Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival New York, USA, November 2011
  • Winner of audience favourite short film in festival at Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Australia March 2011

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Rebecca’s latest short film entitled The Jelly Wrestler is a 14 minute film about Honour, Pain and Gelatine, that will have its premiere in 2013.

Together with fellow Tasmanian filmmaker, Briony Kidd, Rebecca is also a co-director of the Stranger with my Face Horror Film Festival that will be held in Hobart between  7-10 March 2013. This follows on from the success of the inaugural festival held earlier in 2012 that originated as an event to celebrate ‘Women in Horror Recognition Month’.

The festival provides a dedicated genre film festival in Tasmania for the first time and taps into the 'Tasmanian Gothic' identity that has become popular in recent years in film and literature and most prominently through the success of MONA, with its focus on ‘sex and death’. With a particular focus on women in horror, the festival has the potential to become a key player within the horror genre community in Australia, given the limited competition in this field, particularly in regards to a female skewed audience.

For further details on this festival, please visit:



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