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Stephen Amis
b. November 21, 1966, Melbourne, Australia.

BIOGRAPHY:   Cutting his teeth on childhood super-8 sci-fi epics, Stephen is a graduate of the renowned, if not somewhat infamous, Swinburne Film and Television School in Melbourne, Australia. After graduating he established Revolution Pictures, and wrote, produced and directed his first micro-budget feature, the social-realist drama, See Jack Run (1991), which was sold to the Nine Network. Stephen's second micro-budget feature - the enviro-comedy, The Alive Tribe (1996) - was picked up internationally by Showtime.

Working with a larger budget this time, Stephen co-wrote, produced and directed the romantic comedy, The Real Thing (2000), starring Kate Fischer. The film was released to local Australian cinema screens and picked up internationally by Universal Pictures.

Stephen went on to produce and direct the 16mm short, Virus (2005)  - a steam-punk science fiction fantasy, set at the Melbourne Astronomical Observatory in 1888. The film featured state of the art CGI special effects, and starred Kerry Armstrong and John Stanton.

 

His most recent feature film is the sci-fi epic, The 25th Reich (2013) - a rollicking, WWII sci-fi adventure - full of time-travel, duplicitous Nazi robots, faulty spaceships and giant mega-fauna ...  The movie is a homage to Sam Fuller, WWII & sci-fi movies and classic creature-features of the 40's and 50's. The film has sold into over a dozen territories and was released into Australian cinemas in 2013 with Monster Pictures distributing. 

In addition to producing and directing, Stephen is a twice nominated AACTA cinematographer - shooting more than forty short films, high-end television commercials, network documentaries and several innovative TV series, including Funky Squad, Frontline & A River Somewhere. He was the first cinematographer in Australia to incorporate elaborate CGI with hand-held live action for the Channel Seven series Oz Encounters: UFO's in Australia.

A passionate genre aficionado, Stephen is currently developing and financing a slate of hard-and-fast genre films - from fantastical sci-fi, to macabre, edge of your seat thrillers. 



CRITICAL OVERVIEW:   Stephen Amis' work as film maker (writer, director and producer) is a beguiling blend of social commentary, whimsy, and love for B-grade Hollywood movies. It’s derring-do writ large and something rare in Australian cinema.

 
 
The Real Thing

From his early no-budget and sandshoe-string films - See Jack Run, The Alive Tribe, to more recent fully funded features like The Real Thing, and the ambitious, CGI-laden, Virus and The 25th Reich, Stephen imbues his story-lines with rich subtext and a sensibility which heads straight for the heart ... via the funny-bone.

His work tackles subject matter including: overcoming problems of illiteracy; battles against environmental destruction; the need to shun cultural imperialism; the right for a woman's voice to be heard; man’s diabolical egotism on display when pursing absolute power; are just some of themes which resonate with a modern audience. Comedy/tragedy, naturalism/stylized imagery, contemporary drama/sci-fi all sit comfortably alongside each other.

Stephen Amis’ singular filmic vision offers a both poignant and entertaining audio-visual ride.

Angelo Salamanca, March 2013


FILMOGRAPHY:

 
go to The 25th Reich website

Burning Daylight (1986, 40 mins, Super 8)
Writer / Producer / Director

Full Circle (1987, 16 mins, video)
Writer / Producer / Director

Façade (1988, 20 mins, 16mm)
Writer / Producer / Director

Burning Daylight (1989, 22 mins, 16mm)
Writer / Producer / Director

See Jack Run (1991, 93 mins, col, 16mm)
Co-Writer / Producer / Director

The Alive Tribe (1996, 97 mins, col, Super 16mm)
Co-Writer / Producer / Director

The Real Thing (2000, 105 mins, col, 35mm)
Co-Writer / Producer / Director

Virus (2005, 15 mins, Super 16mm)
Co-Writer / Co-Producer / Director

The 25th Reich (2013, 85 mins, RED 4K)
Writer / Producer / Dire
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SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY:

 
 
directing The Real Thing

"On Location" by Matt Preston, Encore; March 27-April 9, 1995; pp 17-19

"Alive Tribe" by Michael Kitson, Cinema Papers; July 23, 1997; pp 22-23

"Something Amis" by Stephen McKenzie, Melbourne Weekly; Feb 4-10, 2001; pp 10-11

"What Kate did next" by Adam Zwar, Herald Sun; Jan 28, 2001; pp 4-6 & 27

"Franklin protests destined for film" by Sue Bailey, The Mercury; Dec 13, 2002 p 3


Stephen Amis and Angelo Salamanca, June 2013.

The 25th Reich Website

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