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.
LORNE FILM 2013 - 19 screenings and events have been hosted by the iconic Lorne Theatre, the Cumberland Resort Auditorium, QDOS Arts, Mantra Lorne and various 'pop up' venues including the boutique Sunset Lounge.
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 - is due to commence production early 2023 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 has remained at the helm of LORNE FILM - realising his ambition to see the entity move into film and tv development and production. Darren has also overseen the development of SCREEN TALES - an interactive workshop of writing for screen. Kate Whitbread (producer/director) and Darren (writer/associate producer) were both involved with the development and production of THE UNLIT. They are also co-producing LORNE FILM's next feature film, MAGPIE.
KATE WHITBREAD has been with LORNE FILM from the beginning - joining initially as Industry Liaison - and going to head up the LORNE FILM SCREENWRITER AWARD. Kate is also responsible for the LORNE FILM festival arm's transformation into a wholly Australian festival - supporting independent Australian film.
LORNE FILM was conceived by DARREN MARKEY and created by him, along with long time friends EMMA CRICHTON and BERNIE CLIFFORD.
Emma went on to become LORNE FILM's CEO, while Bernie served as Operations Executive - along with helping curate the first three festivals.