They Might Be Giants

Format: 6 x half hour

Stage: Financing

Synopsis: THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS is a 6 part TV half hour, factual adventure series following Pete Breidahl as he searches the Solomon Islands, exploring local leads and first­hand accounts to uncover the origins of the mythical, tribal legend of Giants. The series is set against the inhospitable, sparsely inhabited jungles of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.

Pete Breidahl (ex New Zealand Army machine gunner and hunting guide) is a fish out of water in a city environment. Not so in the jungle, which is a dichotomy in itself as he grew up in an urban landscape. He struggles with the complexity of modern life and longs for a simpler existence, which he believes he will find living in the margins of society, much like the central character of Paul Theroux’s Mosquito Coast.

Fancying himself as a modern day Indiana Jones, with all the bravado and enthusiasm for adventure, Pete is forever ready to embark on the next potentially life threatening experience. But he shares more with Indiana Jones than he realises. Pete is often underprepared, half cocked and disorganized ­ all part of his charm as he always seems to come out on top despite his haphazardness.

In 2003 while serving on a peacekeeping mission in the Solomon Islands, Pete had a chance encounter with a young, local hunter in a state of shock after a traumatic experience. The boy, no older than 15, spoke of an experience that would be forever etched into Pete’s mind and keep him returning to a far off land risking life, limb and love to search for these Giants.

According to local folklore and eyewitness accounts, the Solomon Islands are home two types of undescribed hominid. Locally known as “Giants”, proof of their existence has never been found. Few people have ever dared. The environment is extreme in the least ­ one of the world’s few remaining frontiers. Pete’s familiarity with the Solomon environment and it’s people are second to none, making him the most qualified and albeit unlikely man to find out: Is this the missing link? Is it a different species altogether? Or is it simply years of oral storytelling now far removed from reality? Whatever lies behind these stories, truth or fiction, Pete Breidahl is likely to be the man to do it.

© Legitimate Films, 2015

 

 

  Booth Format: 6 minute, Narrative Comedy Stage: Completed. Screened: St Jerome's Laneways Festival, 2014. Available on Request Synopsis: For many years, the public telephone offered convenience and reliability for people wanting to keep in touch. Today many stand idle as seemingly useless icons of the past, discarded in the march towards progress. For Frank, caught out on an everyday task, on of these statements will ring true more than the others. © Legitimate Films, 2014    

 

Booth

Format: 6 minute, Narrative Comedy

Stage: Completed.

Screened: St Jerome's Laneways Festival, 2014. Available on Request

Synopsis: For many years, the public telephone offered convenience and reliability for people wanting to keep in touch. Today many stand idle as seemingly useless icons of the past, discarded in the march towards progress. For Frank, caught out on an everyday task, on of these statements will ring true more than the others.

© Legitimate Films, 2014

 

 

For Our People For Our Future

Format: 52 minute, documentary

DVD Available on Request

Synopsis: In 2010, Jobs Australia's Indigenous Youth Leadership Program embarked on a trek across the Kokoda Trail, in Papua New Guinea. Follow the group as they experience the true ups and downs of their leadership journey.

© Jobs Australia Foundation, 2011

 

 

 

Town of Choice

Format: 52 minute documentary

DVD Available on Request

Synopsis: Vanilla slices, lizard races, debutante balls, football rivalries and more. This historical documentation offers an insight into the year of celebrations that was the centenary year of Ouyen, a small country town in Victoria's north west.

© Ouyen Incorporated, 2009

 

 

Caveman Calling

Format: 52mins (TV Hour)

Stage: Completed

Synopsis:  Pete is a fish out of water in the modern day world. He longs for a simpler existence without the trappings of city living. Set at his hunting ranch in the rugged North Island mountains of New Zealand, Pete takes an eclectic group of Gen Y characters, both men and women on a caveman adventure.

The concept of the caveman adventure is simple: Can modern man hunt in a pack with little more than a loin cloth, handmade weapons and thousands of years of evolution on their side? The question is also simple: Why would they want to?

Inspired by the belief that man is de-evolving, Pete is keen to change people's perception of themselves. Caveman Calling delves into the world Pete shares with his wife and children off the grid in Wanganui. It meets the people who dare put their bodies on the line for this somewhat barbaric pursuit and attempts to understand their motivations for participating. An aircraft mechanic, an architect, a forensic science student and an industrial engineer are all amongst the would-be pre-historic hunters. All between the ages of 19-33 they have traveled the world to be part of this experience.

As pete and his band of hunters prepare for and eventually participate in this chaotic and archaic display of the evolution (or de-evolution) of humankind, we discover that often our simple desires can be the most difficult to obtain. The unexpected turn of events in the film's third act (part of the beauty of ob doc) proves this to be true for Pete in his idullix existence as it is for the participants in the Caveman adventure.

With moments of hilarity, intrigue and adventure Caveman Calling plays the role of observer. Neither demonizing nor glorifying, this film explores modern human behaviors that will amuse, horrify, excite and challenge.

© Legitimate Films, 2015

 

 

 

Eileen Pratt

Format: 15 minute, Narrative Drama

Screened: Brisbane International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, Soho Rushes and more (14 in total).

Currently Available: VOD (Shorts HD & Pacific Voice Inc)

Synopsis: Eileen Pratt, a socially awkward bus driver with a tragic past, lives a deeply unfulfilled life. Uneasy in her day job as a bus driver, Eileen find vicarious fulfillment in watching other people's lives from afar. When terminated from her job, Eileen's life begins to unravel, headed on a self-destructive, downward spiral.

© Michael Kratochvil, 2011

 

 

 

Colours by Numbers - The Sudokumentary

Format: 48 minute, TV hour documentary

Screened: ABC1, ABC2, Australia Channel

Currently Available: Australia - smh.tv; Worldwide - VimeoOnDemand; and DVD by request

Synopsis: As seen on ABC Television - this hilarious documentary follows the highs and lows of Australia's first ever National Sudoku Team, made up entirely of former rugby players desperate to represent their country in something.

In a highly specialised, highly intellectual competition, one team of unqualified, under-prepared individuals prepare to make their mark. Australia's first national sudoku team (the Numbats) travel into the unknown world of competitive puzzling as they enter the World Sudoku Championships in Goa, India.
Competing against numerical geniuses from the world over, including the much fancied tournament favourite, Thomas Snyder, the Numbats experience what representing their country is all about.

© Drift Media & Legitimate Films, 2009

 

 

A Triumphant Tale

Format: 11 minute documentary

Screened: Melbourne International Film Festival, Award Winner @ Heart of Gold International Film Festival

Screener available on Request

Synopsis: Vanilla Slice; An Australian icon, a delicious pastry, a fiercely competitive competition.

© Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University