It's Not Pizza, It's Crust

Tourist (Mitch Green & Louis English)

Australia: Filmgraphics Entertainment Pty Ltd, U.S.: unaffiliated

1) What was your first professionally directed work and when was it?

Our first professional work was for IGA in Australia, a large chain of independent grocers. We shot a series of stories about the small family owned stores across rural Australia that make up the IGA brand.

2) How did you get into directing? 

We were actually friends in high school and bonded through surfing and art. We collaborated together on small creative projects over the years and finally decided to make it a permanent thing when we got represented by Filmgraphics (our AUS reps)

3) What is your most recent project?

Most recently we have worked on a music video for a local artist Jackson Milas. The idea responds to the state of the world and the undertones of uncertainty and mortality and the worsening climate crisis and the destabilizing future that we are all heading into.

4) What is the best part of being a director? 

Being given the chance to use our skillset to tell stories that hopefully make people feel something.

5) What is the worst part of being a director? 

You can easily forget how good we have it.

6) What is your current career focus: commercials and branded content, television, movies? Do you plan to specialize in a particular genre--comedy, drama, visual effects, etc.? 

Commercials and branded content for now but obviously we’d love to make the leap into features and documentary one day.

7) Have you a mentor and if so, who is that person (or persons) and what has been the lesson learned from that mentoring which resonates with you? 

In the past we each DA’d under Australian directors Pete Moore and Nick Robertson who taught us the essentials of the craft. Currently we’re loving the guidance that we are fortunate to receive from David Denneen and our EP Anna Fawcett.

8) Who is your favorite director and why? 

We love the work of Damien Chazelle and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. They are master storytellers.

9) What is your favorite movie? Your favorite television/online program? Your favorite commercial or branded content? 

Anything by those two. La La Land blew us both away.

10) Tell us about your background (i.e., where did you grow up? Past jobs?)

We both grew up by the beach and got into our careers through surfing and hanging with the creatives that revolved around surfing at the time. We both traveled extensively for work and finally fell back in Australia and decided to collaborate.

11) How has the pandemic impacted your career, art, craft, shaped your attitudes and reflections on life which in turn may influence your work, approach, spirit, mindset?

We lost heaps of work but have been really fortunate in Australia. Outside of our projects falling through, life has generally been pretty great.

Contact

Contact, Anna Fawcett, Executive Producer, AUS Filmgraphics Entertainment Pty Ltd via email
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