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“Bad Kiwis” starring Deb Foster and Rebecca McFadzien

Austin Comedy Short Film Festival 

Fall 2017 Official Selection

Bad Kiwis

The micro comedy short film, Bad Kiwis, is an official selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017 and winner of the Best Micro Short Film Award.

  • Film Title: "Bad Kiwis"
  • Director, Producer, Writer, Lead Actors: Deb FosterRebecca McFadzien
  • Runtime: 3 min 26 sec
  • Category: Micro Short Comedy Film
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  • Tagline: "In this outrageous comedy, two kiwi actresses in the city of Los Angeles are auditioning for a travel commercial. The only problem is, they must venture into unknown territory and risk grave danger by posing as their biggest threat - the Australian woman."
  • Review: "Bad Kiwis takes the stakes of getting the part to the highest of highs. With slap stick humor you'd expect from "down unda." Bad Kiwis will be sure to make its mark with everyone".
  • Screening: "Bad Kiwis" was a hit with the crowd and really brought out some strong laughter from the crowd. When you program a film like this, you wonder if the audience is going to pick up on the Australia vs. New Zealand dynamic. We aren't wondering anymore, it was a big hit and a fan favorite at the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017. - Mikel Fair, Festival Director
Bad Kiwis Poster 2 Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017

Bad Kiwis: Synopsis

Bad Kiwis, Olivia and Summer are two kiwi actresses trying to make it in Hollywood. Although they have the best intentions, somehow things always seem to go awry for them, especially in the audition room. They have both been asked to audition for a travel commercial. The only problem is, they must face their biggest rivals, the Australians! Even worse in fact: they have to pretend to BE Australian. Things go from bad to worse as Olivia whips out the worst Australian accent known to mankind and Summer gets a little too feisty with the casting directors when they discover she's actually from New Zealand.

Bad Kiwis: The Story Behind the Story

  1. Why did you think that your film was a good fit for the Austin Comedy Short FF? "We saw that Austin Comedy Short Film Fest hosts many international short films and being from New Zealand, we thought that we would really benefit and learn a lot from experiencing a festival in Austin."
  2. What inspired you and your team to make this film and how did you come up with the title? The film idea was born after we (Deb Foster & Rebecca McFadzien) both auditioned for an Australian commercial in Los Angeles. We talked after our audition and had found that both of us had the same hilarious experience in the waiting room as the Australian actresses there knew right away that we were from New Zealand.
  3. What made the actors interested in being a part of your film? "We cast four brilliant Australian actors who were more than happy to be a part of a film that poked fun at us Kiwis (and a little bit of fun at them to!)"
  4. How were you able to get the locations for your film? "We found a great studio in downtown LA which we rented called The Room Downtown and we also were very lucky to be gifted the space at an Art Gallery in Santa Monica (Santa Monica Art Studios)."
  5. Can you talk about your sources of funding and favors that you received to complete this film? We self funded this film on a very low budget and were given the space of Santa Monica Art Studios to shoot a lot of the short. We also had some very kind filmmaker friends pitching in their help for P.A and BTS video.

Bad Kiwis: The Story Behind the Story (Continued)

  1. Has creating this short film helped the careers of the people involved in any way? "Hopefully yes in a way that they can use the film to showcase themselves, and who knows what it will bring for us all in the future!"
  2. What were some of the challenges that you encountered while making this film? "Some challenges we faced were working with a strict time frame, we only had 4 hours in the rented studio and had a lot of scenes to get through. We also had a bit of action and some forceful throwing of furniture required in one of the scenes which we had to somehow talk the owners of the venue in to letting us carry out these moves without damaging their space!"
  3. In what city and state was this film shot on location? If outside the US, what city and country? If multiple places, please list them. "The film was shot in Santa Monica, CA and downtown Los Angeles."
  4. Can you tell us about a time when something really funny happened on set, that didn't get caught on camera? "The funniest part of shooting was when Rebecca & I (Deb Foster) had to let our characters go a little wile. For Rebecca, trying to do a Gollum impersonation from Lord of The Rings was something she wasn't sure she could pull off, but it was probably one of the best and funniest parts in the film, along with when she was beating up the casting director. We all managed to somewhat hold it together during the takes and then erupted in to fits of laughter in between.
  5. Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? "We were official Selection and just screened at the Lady Filmmakers Festival in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and will also be screening at the Kiwis in LA Art Show and wine Tasting at Santa Monica Art Gallery."

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