Fresh Air (film)

Fresh Air is a 1999 Australian film.

Fresh Air
Directed byNeil Mansfield
Produced byRosemary Blight
Written byNeil Mansfield
StarringNadine Garner
Bridie Carter
RB Films
Release date
  • 1999 (1999)
Budget$1 million
Box officeA$10.050 (Australia)[1]

It was one of a series of "million dollar movies" financed by the Australian Film Commission and SBS Independent.[2]



Mansfield was working at Film Australia and working on the script. It began as a purely visual comedy, "then I started working in dialogue and it took off from there," said Mansfield. "In the final stages of development, we worked on bridging the kitchen sink drama with the observational comedy."[2]

Mansfield showed the script to Rosemary Blight who liked it and decided to produce it. "I first read it on the bus between Broadway and Newtown," Blight said, "and I couldn’t stop laughing. It was very observant of people – in fact, some of the characters seemed to be on the same bus with me… He’s very observant…his view of the world is very different. In other scripts, you see people larger than life, but he sees them as they are."[2]

Mansfield wrote 12 drafts of the script. It eventually got some finance through the New Screenwriters Scheme of the NSW Film and TV Office, through which Bill Bennett agreed to mentor Mansfield. Then the film attracted supportfrom Bridgit Ikin, head of SBS Independent, and Marion Pilowski, Head of Acquisitions and Program Development at Premium Movie Partnership (Foxtel) who supported the film's successful application to be one of the five "Million Dollar Movies" jointly financed by the Australian Film Commission and SBS Independent.[2]

Shooting took five weeks, with six weeks of shooting the "zine" elements. Mansfield called the film "'zinema'... a wanky excuse for a cut and paste style. . . zine as in home made, non profit sort of magazine. It’s expressionistic in style but naturalistic in content."[2]

Cinematographer Toby Oliver said the film uses "wobblycam, and a fragmented jump cut style, but also some scenes are very static with no camera movement, or there may be an elaborate dolly set up. We are also using photos and words sprinkled through the film. "[2]


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