Directing one day, starring the next!

Directing one day, starring the next!
Posted on Tue 13 Mar 2018

If you love films you’re going to love the work of the Fast Princess group of emerging video and theatre artists who are learning what it’s like to be behind and in front of the camera.

That’s right, Angelo Marzullo, Mirielle Gabriel, George Roufus, Murray Loudon and Carissa Richards are the directors, camera operators, stunt artists and stars of their movies. (Mirielle, George and Angelo are pictured above, from left to right, in their remake of scenes from The Fast and the Furious.) 

Angelo, 40, is one of the original members of Fast Princess and worked on the first film the group made in 2016, the trailer for Priscilla Queen of the Desert. “I had an acting part in that,” he says. “But I don’t like being in front of the camera. I prefer to be behind it.”

Assisted by Steve Wilson-Alexander, a Disability Support Practitioner who graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Performance), the Fast Princess crew have had their experimental work displayed on the website of well-known London-based artist Richard Dedominici.

Using his passion for inclusive community projects, Steve facilitates the weekly film and drama programs for CPA Lifestyle Supports based at Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Prairiewood Fairfield City Marconi Centre.

When the film program began in 2016, inspired by the work of Dedominici, the group decided to remake the trailers of their favourite movies, kicking off with Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

“It’s a great exercise because everyone gets a turn at doing everything,” says Steve. “They also learn how easy it can be to do what your favourite actor does.”

With no budget to work with, the Fast Princess crew tests their creativity. For example, when they shot the trailer for The Fast and the Furious, they had to figure out how they could make it look as though the star was jumping off a truck onto a moving car … all the while using their wheelchairs.

“We have a lot of fun,” says Steve. “People come up with great suggestions and they all rise to different challenges.”

Angelo says while he enjoys the moving making process, he especially enjoys the chance the program offers for him to interact with the other group members. “Some people I have known for a while and others I met when they came.”

So far the Fast Princess filmography includes:

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, released late 2016

The Swan Princess, released early 2017

The Fast and the Furious, released mid 2017

The Never Ending Story, released late 2017.

The group is currently remaking the trailer for Angelo’s favourite movie, the 1997 Italian film, La vita è bella (Life is Beautiful).

Invited to be part of an exhibition

Fast Princess is attracting attention – in September 2017 stills taken from the film trailers were included in an exhibition at Margot Hardy Gallery, Bankstown, entitled Sweded. The movie trailers were also screened and the crew gave a live performance.

This is how they described their work: “To ‘swede’ a film is to recreate a summarised, low budget, first-take-is-last-take version of a popular movie. Fast Princess starts with a member of the collective’s favourite movie, and then does a shot-for-shot remake of the trailer.

“Our version and the original then play simultaneously, one on top of the other. The concept engages with Richard Dedomenici’s Redux Project, and the term sweded is borrowed from Michel Gondry’s film, Be Kind Rewind.”

“In our movies everybody plays anybody, and anybody can wear any hat: we are all the director, the actor, the cinematographer. We are all Vin Diesel.”

Go to the Fast Princess YouTube channel to watch their work.

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