LORNE FILM first came into being with the mounting of LORNE FILM 2013 - a film event held in Lorne that went on to develop a reputation for quality, innovation and support for independent Australian film. During this run from 2013 to 2019 LORNE FILM has screened over 200 films - both features and shorts - and run a host of film events, including Lorne Shorts, Lorne Thought and the Young Heart Project.
In 2017 LORNE FILM achieved its ambition of producing its first feature film - THE UNLIT - shot in Lorne, Blackwood and Melbourne. In 2020 THE UNLIT was acquired by HIGH OCTANE PICTURES for rest of world sales.
LORNE FILM's next feature film, MAGPIE - commenced production mid 2022 in Trentham, Victoria.
LORNE FILM's film to follow, THE WOMAN BY THE WATER - is in development with plans to shoot the film entirely in and around Geelong and Lorne.
In 2019 LORNE FILM launched its screenwriting workshop SCREEN TALES @ QDOS ARTS - a weekend intensive studying the art of storytelling for screen.
All of these initiatives fulfil LORNE FILM's charter - to develop, stimulate and create independent Australian film culture, production and commerce.
Darren Markey, co-founder of LORNE FILM - is a prolific, award winning, critically acclaimed writer for screen and stage. In 2002 Darren completed his first screenplay, LILLY - travelling from his home town of Melbourne to Los Angeles to begin his journey as writer/producer. Darren now has a refined, entertaining slate of screen projects - with more to come.
Darren was screenwriter/associate producer on the supernatural thriller, THE UNLIT - released world wide in 2020, and is writer/producer of the supernatural horror/romance MAGPIE - currently being shot in Central Victoria, Australia.
‘A smart Aussie horror…The Wicker Man meets Blood on Satan’s Claw…one to watch but not alone!’
‘Ominous…clever…the writing shone…great acting. Powerful…absorbing.'
'Written and directed by DARREN MARKEY, this production was a delightful, assured work...wonderful...delicate and powerful...a moving, illuminating production'
'...written and directed by DARREN MARKEY...a thorough delight from start to finish...excellent and original writing...a gem.'