/News 02.04.24

The Post Lounge’s suite of services shine in female-led dark comedy Audrey

Praised by The Playlist as being “razor sharp” and “a surprising delight with both its heart and head in the right place” as well as being described as a “pitch black comedy” by Indiewire, Australian feature film Audrey shone at its recent SXSW world premiere in Austin, Texas.

The devious and insightful film is a strongly women-led project both onscreen and offscreen, exploring a hilariously complicated mother-daughter relationship. Audrey not only spotlights a messy, funny, and dark exploration of a complicated female character (portrayed by the incredible Jackie van Beek) it also is the feature film debut for writer Lou Sanz, director Natalie Bailey, producer Diya Eid, and cast member, Hannah Diviney. The springboard for these rising Aussie female talents, Audrey is set to make a splash beyond its SXSW launch when it premieres at home in Australia later in the year, with Bankside Films looking after international sales.

Leading Australian post studio The Post Lounge partnered with the producers and comedy director Bailey (The Thick Of It, The Unusual Suspects, Bay of Fires), from pre-production, through principal photography on the Gold Coast, and right through the entire post-production period, from their Queensland headquarters. TPL’s Head of Post-Production, Bronwyn Ketels (Elvis, The Portable Door) – a long-time collaborator of Bailey’s – pulled together an experienced post crew to provide full post services from digital dailies, through editorial facilities and support, DI, full package visual effects and motion graphics design, and the entire sound post-production process with audio services via TPL’s sound team, headed by Supervising Sound Editor Stuart Morton (Mad Max: Fury Road, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Re-Recording Mixer Diego Ruiz (Total Control, ScaryGirl).

Still from Audrey © 2023, Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, Film Fest Ltd and APDDD Holdings Pty Ltd

Film Editor Katrina Barker (La Brea, Wellmania) worked closely with Bailey and TPL’s Assistant Editor Marie Gatt in TPL’s stunning creative spaces, to craft the narrative of the film via Avid Media Composer, born from Sanz’s gloriously dark and funny script. Visuals were superbly crafted in production by Cinematographer Simon Ozolins, with thanks to input by Production Designer Helen O’Loan and Costume Designer Bridgette Hungerford, and then beautifully brought together by The Post Lounge’s artists including Colourist Kim Bjørge (Elvis, Ricky Stanicky), VFX Supervisor Jack Mason, VFX Compositor Rachel O’Connell, with title design by Art Director Phillip Radford.

For an indie film, Audrey punches far above its weight, evidenced in the humour and heart of the story, the perfect performances, and all finally brought to life on the screen by the artistry of the post-production team in collaboration with the talented director and producing team.

TPL has invested significantly in growing its service offerings in recent years, especially since opening its new Sydney outpost. On top of adding the latest in colour and streaming technologies, TPL also strengthened is its post sound department, thanks to an influx of international projects which saw the company bring on additional skilled sound editors to fortify TPL’s in-house team.

Operating under Head of Sound Stuart Morton, TPL was able to cherry-pick from the best of the Australian freelance sound specialists, forming teams to handle the 20-odd shows that have undertaken sound post with TPL in the last 18 months.

Recent TPL sound highlights include AACTA award and sound guild nominations for their work on animated feature ScaryGirl and ABC TV’s Savage River, the successful completion of popular HDR & Dolby Atmos drama series for Stan and Sundance Now, Fremantle’s Totally Completely Fine, upcoming Stan family film Windcatcher, Netflix’s ONEFOUR: Against All Odds, Amazon’s Hot Potato: The Story of The Wiggles.

With an impressive pedigree and nearly 45 years in the business, The Post Lounge is Australia’s leading boutique facility, with a big footprint. Comprising studios in the three major cities on the east coast, TPL’s multi-state presence uniquely positions their company as the most flexibly-placed post-production vendor Down Under, enabling producers to choose their preferred state location and government incentives. In addition, TPL’s digital dailies services, editorial rentals and technical support services can be provided from a production’s base, with TPL bringing their equipment and expertise to your location.

Audrey is produced by Invisible Republic’s Michael Wrenn and Orange Entertainment Co’s Dan Lake alongside Shannon Wilson-McClinton and Diya Eid. Audrey is principally financed by Screen Australia in association with Screen Queensland and support from the Melbourne International Film Festival. Executive Producers were Kurt Royan, Roxana Macmillan, Mitchell Williams, Stephen Kelleher and Sophie Green. It was shot on location on the Gold Coast, Australia.

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