This page presents a list (with brief annotations) of Australian independent filmmakers who may be designated a "new wave" of directors within Australia at the moment. They are mainly younger filmmakers (though not strictly), with their first features (or mini-features), made independently (often with no funding whatsoever), and the films and filmmakers are not acclaimed/recognised by the major Australian film festivals so far (with a couple of exceptions). This list is perhaps subjective, to my own taste, featuring as it does films that are formally experimental or dynamic, but every filmmaker on this list is deserving of recognition. I also envisage that this list will change with time, but it will always feature directors who are not yet on the "shore". So, here they are the current "Australian new wave".

(Bill Mousoulis, 2018)



Angie Black

Indie filmmaker since the early '90s, and film lecturer, Angie Black has only just recently completed her debut feature, The FIVE Provocations (2018, 94 mins). A seemingly conventional narrative, the film has surreal incursions ("provocations") in it, making it a bold work. Read about the making of it. See the trailer. Read a profile of Black.
 

The FIVE Provocations
The FIVE Provocations



Allison Chhorn

Young Cambodian audio-visual artist, check her website, she has made short films herself and also works as a producer and editor on Mike Retter's films (see below). She is currently in post-production on her first mini-feature The Plastic House, an impressionistic, poetic, beautiful "slow-cinema" documentary. See her Vimeo page.
 

The Plastic House
The Plastic House



Darcy Gladwin

Free-spirit multi-artist who lives and travels between Australia, NZ, UK and elsewhere. After various short films, has completed his debut feature Godplex (2018, 96 mins), shot in Melbourne and New Zealand. Destined (ultimately) for cult status, Godplex is a carnivalesque tragi-comedy, part anarchic, part psychedelic. Read Gladwin's profile.
 

Godplex
Godplex



Ivan Malekin

Melbourne indie filmmaker now living mainly in Europe, Malekin has recently turned his hand to making improvised features, and the results are interesting: Friends, Foes & Fireworks (2017, 75 mins), and In Corpore (2018, in post-production). Read Malekin's profile. See the trailer for Friends, Foes & Fireworks.
 

Friends, Foes and Fireworks
Friends, Foes & Fireworks



Matthew Victor Pastor

Australia's most dynamic filmmaker currently, Pastor is like a combination of Wong, Fassbinder and Godard, incredibly prolific and incredibly eclectic. There are three features currently complete or near-complete, all in 2018: MELODRAMA / RANDOM / MELBOURNE!, Repent or Perish!, and MAGANDA! Read Pastor's profile.
 

Maganda!
MAGANDA!



Bryce Reimann

Like Georgia Temple (see below), Reimann is part of an intriguing group of filmmakers who graduated from Griffith Film School in Queensland recently. His debut feature Hard Yakka (2017, 100 mins) is an astonishing minimalist/contemplative drama, highly unusual for Australia. Read a review of it, and Reimann's own thoughts.
 

Hard Yakka
Hard Yakka



Mike Retter

Adelaide-based indie film advocate (see his endeavours Cinema Now and Meat Bone Express) and creator of his own distinctive features, in the vertical cinema format, Stanley's Mouth (2015, 61 mins) and Youth on the March (2017, 80 mins), realistic but expressionistic youth dramas, in collaboration with Allison Chhorn (see above).
 

Youth on the March
Youth on the March



Saidin Salkic

Bosnian refugee who has forged a productive artistic life for himself in Australia, as a musician, poet, painter and experimental filmmaker specialising in self-portraits. Read an essay on him. Also a profile page. Has done a series of stunning 40-minute works recently, including Waiting for Sevdah (2017) and Silence's Crescendo (2018).
 

Waiting for Sevdah
Waiting for Sevdah



Georgia Temple

Young Queensland filmmaker (and Griffith Film School graduate) who has worked with Bryce Reimann (see above), Temple's indie feature Grace, Who Waits Alone (2016, 77 mins) is an assured effort, in an Akerman-like minimalist style. Read a story on her. Temple is currently completing her 2nd feature. A filmmaker to watch!
 

Grace, Who Waits Alone
Grace, Who Waits Alone



Published July 12 2018. © Bill Mousoulis 2018