Allie is an authentic Australian story about old cars, recovery from illness, and survival with a challenging condition.
This film came about as I found myself being the proud owner of a 1979 Holden Kingwood... Boy, that car was a conversation starter. Owning this car opened up a new world of car culture and soon I found myself on a Saturday night in parking lots filled with (mostly men, who adored and restored old cars.) I was there I met Bob, a sheet metal worker, and car enthusiast.
Bob has spent a lifetime rebuilding iconic Australian cars. He shared his story of having a near-fatal heart attack months earlier and told me how his partner and stepdaughter had helped keep him on track and showed him a deeper side of love. Shortly after my conversation with Bob, Allie arrived - she's 26 years old and suffers from severe Angelman syndrome. But despite her illness, she loves old cars and car shows more than anything. This is a story of the simple philosophy of happiness beyond recovery.
Thank you to Bob, Allie and Chris for sharing your story with me. Looking forward to another Sunday night roast next time I am in Melbourne.
Production Company - Monster & Bear
Producers - Jess Galea + Sarah Hickey
Director - Cassie De Colling
DP - David Franjic
1st AC - Micheal Hill
Sound Recordist + Drone Op - Hassan Lahiech
1st AD - Madeline French
Automotive Specialist - "The Mountain Goats" Harry Charnock, Pope Crilley, Thomas Brownlow
Gaffer -Candice Day
BTS photos - Jake Simkin
Post Production - The Editors
Editor - Grace Eyre
VFX - Ryan Bird
Colorist - Sam McCarthy
Panavision - Nic Goodoy + Greg Llyod for always having my back
Nothern Gals Car Show
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2020 - Stellar Film Festival Official Selection
2019 - Tropfest 3rd Place and Best Cinematography
2019 - St Kilda Film Festival Official Selection
2019 - International Motor Awards Best Short Documentary Finalist