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SUBURBAN WILDLIFE NEWS

Have a look through the news section to discover stories about the making and release of Suburban Wildlife including interviews, photos, and some behind-the-scenes clips. If you’re a member of the media and would like to request an interview with a member of our cast or crew, please get in touch. To be the first to know news about Suburban Wildlife, follow our social media.

 
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STORIES THROUGH THE CAMERA PODCAST - EPISODE 13

January 2, 2018

Suburban Wildlife Director/Co-Writer Imogen McCluskey
In Episode 13 of The Stories Through The Camera podcast Chris chats with the very talented Writer, Director and Producer Imogen McCluskey who's feature film debut Suburban Wildlife premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2019.

THIRTY-FOUR FEATURES TO COMPETE FOR AACTA AWARDS INCLUDING NETFLIX’S ‘THE KING’

September, 2019

Inside Film - Some 34 feature films will compete for nominations for this year’s AACTA Awards, and the longlist covers a diverse range of titles, from box office earners like Top End Wedding and Storm Boy, through to critically lauded films like The Nightingale and micro budget indies such as Suburban Wildlife.

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AFTRS ALUMNI LONGLISTED FOR AACTA AWARDS

September, 2019

A staggering third of the feature films longlisted for AACTA nominations are works by AFTRS students and alumni...After a world premiere at Cinequest and a local debut at Sydney Film Festival, Imogen McCluskey’s (Bachelor of Arts Screen, 2017) impressive debut feature Suburban Wildlife is also a contender.

AACTA AWARDS - FESTIVAL CONVERSATIONS - GREEN SHOOTS

September, 2019

SUBURBAN WILDLIFE a “narrative of queer longing and love” considers where freedom intersects with consequence, pressure, denial, accessibility and responsibility. The understated and beautifully layered performances and script come together deliciously, and the extreme discipline of subtlety reinforces a stringent commitment to truth. My investment was such that I felt everything just as strongly as those overly dramatic movie moments we’ve been taught to expect…slash crave. In many cases, within these films the climax was an actual climax, sensual or sexual in nature, and it didn’t make the structure any less poignant. Just as the accrual of a long-desired bird tattoo on the inner arm felt just as meaningful as any curtain-closing finale with all the bells and whistles.

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SUBURBAN WILDLIFE PUBLISHED IN THE SCREEN GUIDE, SCREEN AUSTRALIA

August, 2019

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MICRO-BUDGET FILMMAKER GETS BIG-BUDGET TREATMENT - AFTRS

August, 2019

Re-cap of Imogen McCluskey's time in London and Sicily after Suburban Wildlife's European screenings.

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TAORMINA FILM FESTIVAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

July, 2019

Suburban Wildlife Featured in Centre Stage Competition, with judges including Oliver Stone and Andre Aciman. Check out more write ups about Taormina.

Film Pulse - Taormina film Festival Line-Up Announced

Screen Daily - Octavia Spencer to promote Apple series ‘Truth Be Told’ at Taormina Film Festival

LONDON AUSTRALIAN FILM FESTIVAL - SUBURBAN WILDLIFE REVIEW

July, 2019

Suburban Wildlife was shot over fourteen days in February 2017, in between McCluskey’s second and third year at the Australian Film, Radio and Television School, for a tiny budget of A$4000, partly raised through crowdfunding. You can excuse a few rough edges given the circumstances of the film’s making – handheld camerawork is overdone here and there - but this is a film which doesn’t need many excuses. It’s an accomplished feature debut....It’s insightful, often funny, sticks in the mind afterwards, and definitely confirms Imogen McCluskey as a name to watch.

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SUBURBAN WILDLIFE - CLOSING NIGHT FILM

July, 2019

The London Australian Film Festival draws to a close with the European premiere of indie drama Suburban Wildlife, with the closing gala screening followed by a Q&A with debut writer-director Imogen McCluskey.

Fresh from 2 sell-out screenings at the Sydney Film Festival a couple of weekends ago, Suburban Wildlife has just been named as that festival’s second runner up in the Audience Choice award.

LOCAL FILMS TOP SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL AUDIENCE AWARDS

July, 2019

Inside Film - Two other Australian films – Ben Lawrence’s Hearts and Bones and Imogen McCluskey’s microbudget debut Suburban Wildlife – were also voted in the top five narrative films, alongside Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away and Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

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SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2019 REVIEW

June, 2019

"Imogen McCluskey’s feature debut, Suburban Wildlife, is an enveloping account of millennial despondency. The moment that you realise you’re watching something with key generational insight is as Priscilla Doueihy’s Alice delivers a despondent thought about travelling the world to be enriched. Alice says, to paraphrase, how could I possibly go anywhere my parents haven’t been..."

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE A SUCCESS

June, 2019

Suburban Wildlife has successfully sold out both the screenings at Sydney Film Festival. To promote the festival. We've decided to compile recommendations cast and crew have for other festival films.

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SYDNEY MORNING HERALD WRITE UP

June, 2019

Tears, favours and pesto pasta: the challenge of making a feature film for $4000.

We had a great chat with The Sydney Morning Herald about the unglamorous struggles of making a film for $4,000 !

AN INTERVIEW WITH IMOGEN MCCLUSKEY AND BÉATRICE BARBEAU-SCURLA

June, 2019

Creators of Suburban Wildlife, Béatrice Barbeau-Scurla and Imogen McCluskey spoke to Michael Sun about the film’s queerness, authenticity and the love letter to the Australian suburbs.

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LISTEN TO IMOGEN MCCLUSKEY ON PODCASTS

June, 2019

Imogen McCluskey has appeared on a number of podcasts this week including Total Reboot, Pedestrian's 'Sneak Up' and ABC's the 'Screen Show'

CLOSING NIGHT FILM AT LONDON AUSTRALIAN FILM FESTIVAL

May, 2019

Suburban Wildlife has been selected to be the closing night film at the the London Australian Film Festival. They have been so generous to help Imogen (co-writer/director) with her flights and accommodation. Imogen will be attending a Q&A.

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SUBURBAN WILDLIFE IN SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2019

May, 2019

Suburban Wildlife has gotten its long awaited home-town premiere. 


JUNE 8th - 8:45pm (Event Cinemas George St)
JUNE 13th - 6:15pm (Dendy, Newtown) 

PHILLIP SIDDIQ - CINEQUEST 2019 RED CARPET INTERVIEW

March, 2019

Had a fun time on the Cinequest red carpet chatting with Phillip Siddiq! Lots of laughs with this guy. 

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KLAUS AT GUNPOINT - CINEQUEST 2019 INTERVIEW

March, 2019

Thank you so much Chris from Klaus at Gunpoint for featuring our ridiculous voices on the pod to chat quickly about Suburban Wildlife.

FILMINK - AUSTRALIAN INDIE FEATURE SUBURBAN WILDLIFE TO HAVE ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL, CALIFORNIA

February, 2019

The highly anticipated debut feature film ‘SUBURBAN WILDLIFE’ from AFTRS alumni, Imogen McCluskey, has just announced its world-premiere at Cinequest Film and Creativity Festival, March 5 – 17th 2019.

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FBI RADIO - FEATURE FILMS ON MICROBUDGETS: IMOGEN MCCLUSKEY ON HER DEBUT SUBURBAN WILDLIFE

August 7, 2018

On Movies Movies Movies this week, resident filmlordes Jack and André chat with local filmmaker Imogen McCluskey about her ambitious feature film debut Suburban Wildlife. Imogen pulled off the near-impossible: making a full-length film with next to no money (something that really resonates with us as a community radio station!)

FILMINK - STRAIGHT OUT OF THE SUBURBS

August 25, 2018

...announces the arrival of a talented pool of young actors and filmmaker Imogen McCluskey.

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WE ARE MOVING STORIES - SUBURBAN WILDLIFE

June, 2018

"I'm so grateful and excited that people are responding so positively to this project, and it’s really a testament to the tireless hours of work, passion and talent from our entire cast and crew. It’s immensely rewarding to hear audiences relating to our characters and their journeys, and that our film resonates emotionally with many different people." - Imogen McCluskey

CINEMA AUSTRALIA - EXCLUSIVE: MEET THE CAST OF SUBURBAN WILDLIFE

July 23, 2018

"...an ambitious feature film debut for director and co-writer Imogen McCluskey..."

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FILM IN REVOLT - INTERVIEW WITH IMOGEN MCCLUSKEY / SUBURBAN WILDLIFE

August 25, 2018

"It was really important to Bea and I to not just make another Girls (2012-2017). Girls was great and came at a time where that show really resonated with everyone but I feel like if you’re making stories now, it’s your obligation to represent Australia properly. I hope we did that in our film, across all our characters." - Imogen McCluskey

FILMINK - FOUR FRIENDS GRAPPLE WITH THEIR INEVITABLE SEPARATION IN THE SUBURBAN WILDLIFE TRAILER

July 9, 2018

"The dreamy malaise of a suburban adolescence comes to life in a new micro-budget Australian indie."

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AFTRS - TRAILER RELEASED FOR FEATURE FILM BY AFTRS BACHELOR OF ARTS STUDENTS

June 25, 2018

Suburban Wildlife, a new feature film made by a crew consisting almost entirely of AFTRS Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production students, has released its first trailer.