Interview with Filmmaker Anthony “Ash” Brennan (WE ARE CONJOLA – OUR FIRE OUR STORY)

WE ARE CONJOLA – OUR FIRE OUR STORY is the winner of BEST FEATURE FILM at the 2021 ENVIRONMENTAL Film Festival.

What motivated you to make this film?

After losing my home in the 2019/2020 Bushfires I saw that the true heroes of the recovery were the artists in the community. I also thought that this fire needed to be documented for historical purposes and to give the people a voice

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

10 months

3. How would you describe your film in two words!?

Community resilience

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Time & Money

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I got goosebumps to hear what people on the other side of the world are saying about our film. Very exciting

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

Not too sure. Had a career in TV for over 30 years but I was always making music video in my late teens. First award winning film I directed was only 5 years ago.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Apocalypse Now

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

Its not bad.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Gnocchi

10. What is next for you? A new film?

A rest.

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