Oz International Film Festival success

NPG are pleased to announce that Friend, Foes & Fireworks was awarded Best Drama & Best Supporting Actress for Jess Riley, plus Best New Talent for Lara Deam.

Actress Lara Deam was at the festival on the night representing film and collecting the certificates and she was supported by fellow indie filmmakers, Donald Percy (pictured below) and Naomi Lisner.

Indie filmmaker Donald Percy with his winning certificates and Lara Deam with the winning certificates for Friends, Foes & Fireworks

Indie filmmaker Donald Percy with his winning certificates and Lara Deam with the winning certificates for Friends, Foes & Fireworks

Ivan Malekin and Sarah Jayne thank Frank Howson and the festival jury for selecting the film to screen and to allow us to take home some awards, thanks to the venue - a true gem of St Kilda and to the other filmmakers who were a part of the festival just as we were. Thanks to the audience for watching and supporting indie film.


Our first festival and our first awards - much appreciated. We are thrilled that Friends, Foes & Fireworks went back to it’s origins for its first festival.

First Festival Fun

NPG received news today that FF&F has been selected to screen in competition at Oz International Film Festival. This is yet another step forward for the film, which continues to prove that the set formula of filmmaking and indie film producing can sometimes be turned on it’s head and totally surprising.

For those in Melbourne, Australia who want to see the film, but missed the cinema run, don’t miss your chance of seeing it on a big screen at St Kilda’s Alex Theatre on the 28th of November 2018, where the film headlines night 6 of the festival from 7pm. Further details and ticket sales here.

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World Premiere announced for Melbourne

NPG directors Ivan Malekin and Sarah Jayne are proud of what was achieved on New Year's Eve with the small cast and crew.  Friends, Foes & Fireworks is special for them as it's the filmmakers' first attempt at a shooting a feature film in a single night, completely improvised, working without a script or shot-list. It was an experience that they both agree was challenging, yet a ton of fun!

Earlier this year the film was picked up by sales agent Turn Key films after NPG attended the American Film Market late last year and we can expect more big news to come throughout the year.

With Friends, Foes & Fireworks NPG always went into producing the film with a VOD release in mind, that was the main aim. However, along the way things worked out a little differently as is the case with most independently produced films. By trying a number avenues for securing an audience, including the traditional route of applying for major film festivals, Friends, Foes & Fireworks ended up going one better then a festival selection - securing it's first audience through a Melbourne Cinema. 

Classic Cinema from the Classic Cinema website

Classic Cinema from the Classic Cinema website

Sarah Jayne and Ivan lived in St Kilda and Elwood before their move to Malta. The film was also shot in and around St Kilda as was NPG's short film Daughter, so the The Classic Cinema in Elsternwick was familiar to them. The Classic was the the place they would visit for nights out to catch the latest flicks, but not before a cocktail at After The Tears just next door. So it is only fitting that now NPG's own film will be screening at the hip cinema come Wednesday March 21st at 7pm. 

This screening is be a big deal for NPG and the co-directors are planning to also come back home for the screening and take part in the Q&A with most of their cast as well as the crew. 

As a bonus, an additional four dates are to be set within a week, with NPG's goal being to secure a longer cinema run for the film. Look our for these following screening dates on the Classic Cinema website as they will be announced around the premiere date. 

For the event details and tickets - Click Here! 

Friends, Foes & Fireworks on the Classic Cinema website Home Page

Friends, Foes & Fireworks on the Classic Cinema website Home Page