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Clayton Jacobson
b. October 26, 1963, Victoria, Australia.

BIOGRAPHY:   Clayton Jacobson graduated from Australia's prestigious Swinburne Film & TV school in the mid '80s. Collaborating with established directors, Clayton entered the industry editing feature films, TV and documentaries, working with such luminaries as Jane Campion (The Piano), Richard Lowenstein (Dogs in Space), Paul Goldman (Australian Rules), Andrew Dominik (Chopper) and John Hillcoat (The Proposition).

Like many directors before him, Clayton cut his teeth directing music videos for some of Australia's premier musical acts including INXS, John Farnham, Kate Ceberano, and Jimmy Barnes to name just a few. Clayton then shifted gear, directing award winning local and international television commercials as well as two documentaries: The Holy Roadside for Mushroom records and Inside This Room, an ABC-TV special featuring the work of performers/composers David Hirschfelder and David Hobson.

 


Following on from directing many award winning short films, Clayton created Kenny - Self Proclaimed Scatologist the award winning short film at the 2004 St Kilda Film Festival which led to the creation of Kenny, the Australian box office and critically acclaimed hit of 2006. Clayton is currently developing Kenny's World the upcoming TV Series for Channel 10 and has several other feature film projects in development in Australia and America.



CRITICAL OVERVIEW:   I've always been drawn to truth in performance and the idiosyncratic nature of behavior. The kind of behavior that can tip you from a smile to a tear in an instant. Midnight Cowboy was a seminal film for me; I was devastated by the film's raw beauty and adoration for fringe characters. It's taken many short films, music videos and ultimately my feature Kenny to realize that I am always looking for those kind of moments of connection between characters in my films, moments of surprise that can celebrate the struggle, dignity and pathos of ordinary existence. It's that epic human drama unfolding over the neighbor's fence, drowned out by our lawn mower, that interests me - it feels real and bitter sweet.

Clayton Jacobson, May 2008

See also Press for Kenny page.

Also: downloadable (PDF, 1 Mb) article "Kenny shoots for the stars", on the making of the film.


FILMOGRAPHY:

 
 
Tickler

Environmental (1994, 5 mins, 16mm)
part of SBS-TV collection Five Easy Pizzas

The Holy Roadside (1995, 95 mins, video)
Mushroom Records Feature Length Doco on The Badloves

Air-Con (1998, 5 mins, 16mm)

Blind Rage (1998, 6 mins, 16mm, B/W)

The Pin Drop (1999, 8.20 mins, b/w, 16mm)

Hobson/Hirschfelder (2000, 60 mins, video)
Concert/Doco Video, ABC TV

Tanaka (2001, 23 mins, DV)

Tickler (2001, 7 mins, DV)

John Safran's Music Jamboree
episodes Footloose, Wheel of Britney, Evil Clowns (2002, SBS TV Series, 25 mins each)

Father (2002, 10 mins, DV)

I Love U (2002, 15 mins, 35mm finish)

I'm Only Looking: The Best of INXS (2004)
(videos "Time", "Make Your Peace")

 
 
Kenny

Kenny - Self proclaimed scatologist (2004, 45 mins, Betacam)

Kenny (2006, 103 mins, 35mm)

Kenny - Making of (2007, 44 mins, video)
Broadcast on Ch 10

Kenny's World (2008, 8 x 22 mins episodes, HD)
Broadcast on Ch 10


AWARDS:

Environmental
Peoples choice award at the Montreal Film Festival 1995

The Pin Drop
WINNER OF BEST CRAFT AWARD ST KILDA FILM FEST

Tanaka
Best achievement in video St Kilda film fest 2002.
Highly Commended Asia Pacific film festival
Best Gay/Lesbian short Cork film festival 2002.
Best Australian gay short Melbourne queer film fest 2003
Audience choice award Toronto Japanese film fest.

Tickler
Tropicana award 2001 Tropfest Sydney.
Nescafe 2001 short film of the year.
Most popular short Melbourne fringe film festival 2001

I Love U
WINNER BEST FILM, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST SOUND, BEST EDITING, BEST ACTRESS AT INAUGURAL POV AWARDS

Kenny - Self proclaimed scatologist
WINNER BEST COMEDY ST KILDA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2004
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD ST KILDA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2004

 
 

Kenny
IF Awards 2006
WINNER Best Feature Film
WINNER Best Script
WINNER Highest Box Office Achievement Award
Nominated Best Director, Nominated Best Editing

Australian Film Institute Awards 2006
Nominated Best Direction, Nominated Best Editing, Nominated Best Film, Nominated Best Original Screenplay,

Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2006
WINNER Best Original Screenplay
Nominated Best Director, Nominated Best Film

Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) Conference 2006
WINNER Feature Producers Award

Film Ink Magazine Awards - 2007
WINNER Best Australian Film

Film Victoria - Greg Tepper Award - 2007
WINNER Best contribution to Victorian Film Community

AVSDA (Audio Visual Software Distributors Association) - Home Entertainment Awards - 2007
WINNER - Retail Title of the Year for an Independent Distributor
WINNER - Rental Title of the Year for an Independent Distributor
WINNER - Comedy/Romance Title of the Year (Across All films)

See also Press for Kenny page.


SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY:

"Lifting the Lid", by Sacha Molitorisz, Sydney Morning Herald, Aug 11, 2006.

"Kenny shoots for the stars", by Bill Dawes, Digital World, Dec 2006.

"These movies aren't dead, they're just sleepers", by Ken Russell, The Times, Sep 20, 2007.


Agent:
Shanahans Management
02 82021800

PR Rep
Deb Fryers
0437 255 657
deb@debfryers.com


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Clayton Jacobson, May 2008


   
 

 

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