CLOSER TO YOU - Music Video
MAR 2019 - PREMIERE: Iluka hits her superstar stride in Closer To You
Drop everything you’re doing and sing along to Closer To You, the first step in what’s sure to be a defining period of Iluka’s career.
Closer To You was produced by Jack Moffit of The Preatures, who has recently been lending his studio know-how to I Know Leopard, Mosquito Coast, Wild Honey and of course, his own band. Suitably the track rings with an immense sheen, the drums sounding more powerful than ever and the rest of the mix following suit.
In case the tune itself wasn’t shiny enough, Iluka has also shared a glitter-clad music video directed by Imogen McCluskey. Abound with flora and lipstick of all flavours, it’s a party you’ll wish you were at… READ MORE
SUBURBAN WILDLIFE - Feature Film
SEPTEMBER 2019 - The Curb - Suburban Wildlife Film Review
Suburban Wildlife is low-fi storytelling delivered by knowing storytellers. Nina, Louise, Alice, and Kane, are inhabited characters who are real and lived in. They exist outside of the screen, they walk amongst us. The fact that directors like Imogen McCluskey, Lucy Coleman, and Steve Jaggi, are pushing these stories out on miniscule budgets, under $4000 here, a crowdfunded $3000 there, and creating such vivid portraits of suburban life, is impressive. There’s a minor revolution occurring in the world of hyper-independent Australian cinema, and it’s taking place in the suburbs of Sydney at the hands of filmmakers with a few bucks to their name. Keep an eye on this world, there is great stuff coming… READ MORE
SEPTEMBER 2019 - Inside Film - Thirty-four features to compete for AACTA Awards, including Netflix’s ‘The King’
Some 34 feature films will compete for nominations for this year’s AACTA Awards, and the long-list covers a diverse range of titles, from box office earners like Top End Wedding and Storm Boy, through to critically lauded films like The Nightingale and micro budget indies such as Suburban Wildlife… READ MORE
SEPTEMBER 2019 - AACTA - Festival Conversations: Green Shoots
A modern Australian coming of age story is a rare treat in an industry that’s slightly fatigued by static nostalgia, often in the shape of lava lamps, burnt-orange trinkets, Tupperware, fondue forks and vintage eskys. The safe, less courageous, inclination is to remain self-referential, looking back at the ‘glory days’ rather than facing the future and all it invites. So, it’s refreshing to see green shoots bursting through in the form of three outstanding feature films in competition for the 2019 ACCTA awards, BILCHED, SUBURBAN WILDLIFE (Imogen McCluskey) and SEQUIN IN A BLUE ROOM (Samuel Van Grinsven)… READ MORE
SEPTEMBER 2019 - AFTRS - AFTRS ALUMNI LONG-LISTED FOR AACTA AWARDS
A staggering third of the feature films long-listed for AACTA nominations are works by AFTRS students and alumni…READ MORE
SEPTEMBER 2019 - AACTA - Festival Conversations: Coming-of-age at any age
Many of the feature films in competition to be nominated for the 2019 AACTA Awards explore this notion of ‘Coming of Age’ though protagonists of diverse ages and backgrounds, demonstrating how becoming an adult is rarely a simple experience… READ MORE
SEPTEMBER 2019 - AACTA - FEATURE FILMS IN CONSIDERATION
Each of the thirty-four feature films in competition to be nominated for the 2019 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel are a testament to the Australian screen industry’s achievements in original and compelling storytelling…READ MORE
AUGUST 2019 - AFTRS - MICRO-BUDGET FILMMAKER GETS BIG-BUDGET TREATMENT
Fresh off our sold-out hometown screenings at Sydney Film Festival (shortlisted for the AUDIENCE AWARD), I was lucky enough to head off to London, courtesy of the London Australian Film Festival who generously sponsored my flights after selecting me as their Debut Director for 2019. This annual tradition began with the late Cris Jones in 2017, for his film ‘The Death and Life of Otto Bloom’, and continues in his memory. I was this years lucky recipient!
JULY 2019 - The Digital Fix - London Australian Film Festival: Suburban Wildlife Review
Review - 8/10. An insightful coming-of-age drama, Suburban Wildlife is an accomplished debut from director/co-writer Imogen McCluskey… READ MORE
JUNE 2019 - Stories Through The Camera Podcast - Imogen McCluskey
In Episode 13 of The Stories Through The Camera podcast Chris chats with the very talented Writer, Director and Producer Imogen McCluskey who's feature film debut Suburban Wildlife premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2019…LISTEN HERE
JUNE 2019 - Cinema Australia - Seven Australian films top Sydney Film Festival Audience Awards
The Sydney Film Festival has announced the Audience Awards, the list of the audience’s top five voted features and documentaries. Winner for best narrative feature went to Sequin in a Blue Room directed by Samuel Van Grinsven and winner for best documentary went to Martha: A Picture Story directed by Selina Miles.
Coming in at second was Ben Lawrence’s Hearts and Bones while Imogen McCluskey’s micro-budget debut Suburban Wildlife came in at third spot… READ MORE
JUNE 2019 - Inside Film - LOCAL FILMS TOP SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL AUDIENCE AWARD
Two other Australian films – Ben Lawrence’s Hearts and Bones and Imogen McCluskey’s microbudget debut Suburban Wildlife – were also voted in the top five narrative films, alongside Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away and Céline Sciamma Portrait of a Lady on Fire… READ MORE
JUNE 2019 - SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2019 REVIEW - SUBURBAN WILDLIFE (2019)
Imogen McCluskey’s feature debut, Suburban Wildlife, is an enveloping account of millennial despondency. The moment that you realise you’re watching something with key generational insight is as Priscilla Doueihy’s Alice delivers a despondent thought about travelling the world to be enriched. Alice says, to paraphrase, how could I possibly go anywhere my parents haven’t been… READ MORE
JUNE 2019 - Tears, favours and pesto pasta: the challenge of making a feature film for $4000
During an exhausting 18 months of post-production, the young Australian director regularly wondered about the wisdom of trying to make a feature film for just $4,000…READ MORE
JUNE 2019 - Taormina Film Festival Announces Line-Up
The full lineup has been announced for the 65th Taormina Film Festival, which will be taking place June 30th to July 6th in Taormina, Sicily. A few highlights include Spider-Man: Far From Home, Danny Boyle‘s Yesterday, and Kenneth Branagh‘s All is True, just to name a few…
‘Suburban Wildlife’ to be included in Centre Stage Competition…READ MORE
JUNE 2019 - ‘Suburban Wildlife’ selected as Closing Night Film
The London Australian Film Festival draws to a close with the European premiere of indie drama SUBURBAN WILDLIFE, with the closing gala screening followed by a Q&A with debut writer-director Imogen McCluskey… READ MORE
MAY 2019 - The Spaces Between: An Interview with Imogen McCluskey and Béatrice Barbeau-Scurla
At times, Suburban Wildlife is so quiet it feels like it might disappear altogether — a character’s hand reaching lazily out of a car window, a pair of friends lying beneath a velvety bushland sky… READ MORE
JAN 2019 - Making A Film On A Micro Budget with Imogen McCluskey: 3 Top Tips
If your budget is the only thing stopping you from turning your great story into a great film, don't let it. After cutting her teeth on her debut feature, recent AFTRS graduate Imogen McCluskey (Bachelor of Arts: Screen, 2017) has three sure-fire tips to help you get the most bang for your filmmaking buck…. WATCH HERE
JAN 2019 - ‘Suburban Wildlife’ Lands World Premiere
Suburban Wildlife, the new feature film created almost entirely by a crew of AFTRS Bachelor of Arts (Screen) students, will have its world premiere at this year’s Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival in San Jose, California… READ MORE
AUG 2018 - Film Ink: Straight out of the Suburbs
New Australian indie, Suburban Wildlife, depicts the malaise of transitioning from your youthful circle of friends to an adult life, and announces the arrival of a talented pool of young actors and filmmaker Imogen McCluskey… READ MORE
AUG 2018 - Film in Revolt: Interview with Imogen McCluskey
Arran (18) from Film in Revolt spoke with Imogen McCluskey director and co-writer of Suburban Wildlife – a coming-of-age film set in Sydney’s outer suburbs, exploring the struggles of friendships, love, sexuality and independence faced by young adults… READ MORE
AUG 2018 - MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES: Dangerfilm Podcast with Imogen McCluskey
Movies Movies Movies is a weekly show with exclusive extended podcasts exploring the movie universe from the Sydney viewpoint of two huge film Lordes, Jack Atherton and André Shannon… LISTEN HERE
SAVANNAH - Music Video
JUNE 2019 - The Music Network - CLIPPED Music Video gongs
The fourth annual CLIPPED Music Video Festival saw over 400 submissions from across Australia and New Zealand.
The event took place on June 15, with the Australian and New Zealand Finalist Top 40 music videos screened throughout the night and over $20,000 worth of prizes given away.
Some of the big winners included Ivy-Jane Brown for ‘Savannah’ taking home Best Australia Video, and ‘Feeling Free’ by Leisure taking the top NZ award - READ MORE
JUNE 2019 - CLIPPED Music Video Festival 2019 – Winners & Nominees
BEST VIDEO (AU) - IVY-JANE BROWN – SAVANNAH (DIRECTOR: IMOGEN MCCLUSKEY) - READ MORE
JUNE 2019 - Finalist for Clipped Music Video Awards
WINNER of Best Australian Music Video 2019 - READ MORE
SEPT 2018 - Sticks and Stones Mothership - SHIT TO WATCH
Sydney-based artist Ivy-Jane Browne presents her stunning debut music video in collaboration with Fat Salmon Productions. Dark synth-pop with ‘Under the Skin’ vibes, the video tells the story of a woman with dark power over men, & in turn their power over her. They are her prisoners & captors, her shadows & obsessions, her victory & her downfall, her prize & her punishment…
SMART FOR A GIRL
Fifteen entry-level female television screenwriters from across Australia have been given the opportunity to kick-start their careers working with renowned producer Imogen Banks (Offspring) and screenwriter Alice Bell (Puberty Blues, The Beautiful Lie) as part of Endemol Shine Australia’s Smart for a Girl: ROAR, the development program which received funding from Gender Matters: Brilliant Careers.
* Correction: Imogen McCluskey is listed as shadow writer for Empath, but was featured writer/creator of her own show, The Ground.