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“The Peacock” Starring Darcie Irwin-Simpson (Australia)

Austin Comedy Short Film Festival 

Fall 2017 Official Selection

The Peacock, Directed by Darcie Irwin-Simpson

The comedy short film, The Peacock, is an official selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017. This seven (7) minute film directed by Darcie Irwin Simpson from Australia, was nominated for the "Best International Director" Award. The judges loved this film for it's take on dating, compatibility and the awkwardness of 'fitting in.' It's a fun performance by Darcie Irwin-Simpson, who found time to write, direct and star in this film.

The Peacock, written by Darcie Irwin-Simpson: Film Synopsis

Three gal pals are playing the drinking game ‘never have I ever….’ They all seem up to speed with each other until they discover that one of them, Nez, has never had a one-night stand. The revelation instantly develops into a dare as the three friends head off to remedy the situation. After all, it can hardly be much of a challenge: this sort of thing is easy for women, right? But as Nez and her pals soon discover, a female-initiated one-night stand is harder than it seems.

Darcie Irwin-Simpson: Director's Biography

An accomplished actor, musician, writer and emerging director, Darcie is making her directorial debut with her short film, The Peacock. She first came to attention at the 2012 Sydney Theatre Awards after receiving a double nomination for Best Lead Actress and Best New Comer for her role in Simon Stephen’s Punk Rock. Since then, Darcie has been working professionally in Australian Television. Most recently, as a regular role on the popular show, Love Child. So far, Darcie has completed two short films, both of which she wrote and acted in, and both being shortlisted in The Australia's largest short film festival, Tropfest.

Darcie Irwin-Simpson: Directors Statement

Over recent years, I have witnessed more men using hilarious 'pick up artist' techniques and strange behaviors to get women into bed. It is also a common belief that it is ridiculously easy for a woman to bed a man. I thought it would be funny to place a woman in the same situation using similar tactics, putting a spotlight on the absurd nature of these 'philosophies' and maybe even showing that a woman using these techniques would too, have a relatively low strike rate. This idea also provided the opportunity to portray the true nature of the way some young women talk and feel towards sex, which may even blur the idea that there is a distinctive line between men and women when it comes to this subject. Stylistically, I wanted the language and visual imagery to reflect the culture of my home town Sydney. I have a great love for situational comedies, indie films and gritty British drama and took inspiration from these when making 'The Peacock'. In particular the awkward humour of Curb your enthusiasm and The Office, Indie films like Me Earl and the dying girl, and Empire Records, and British Drama shows like Skins, which reflect youth in an authentic and unique way.

Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017 Best International Director

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