SPOTLIGHT ON: Michael Rowe and Trish Lake – Director and Producer Early Winter

Early Winter

Australian director and Cannes Camera D’or winner Michael Rowe joins prolific Brisbane-based producer Trish Lake to present the BAPFF and Australian premiere of Early Winter (Australia, Canada) presented by Screen Queensland. This Australian-Canadian co-production is the first project that the duo have worked on together and their combined efforts have produced an award winning film portrayal of love lost.

Australian film director and screenwriter Michael Rowe started his artistic career as a poet, winning the Melbourne Fringe Festival Poetry Prize. At the age of 23, he travelled to Mexico, made it his adoptive home and began a career as a journalist while studying screenwriting. In 2006, he directed his first short film, Cacahuates. Though English is his native language, the bulk of his film work is done in Spanish. In 2010, Rowe directed Año Bisesto (Leap Year), which garnered him the Caméra d’Or prize for best first time feature film director at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was well received by critics. Early Winter, a co-production between Australia’s Freshwater Pictures and Canadian production house, Possibles Média, is his first English-language film.

Independent Producer and former ABC Television journalist Trish Lake specialises in feature films and documentaries. Trish is the Managing Director of Freshwater Pictures, based in Brisbane. Her credits include Frackman, a feature documentary, which was selected for Good Pitch, Tugg; Show me the Magic, seen in cinemas and on ABCTV and My America, selected for competition at Sydney Film Festival.  Trish won the prestigious SPA Feature Film Producer of the Year Award, for her award-winning first feature, Gettin’ Square.

You can meet Michael and Trish at the screening of Early Winter on Saturday, 21 November, which will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Book now  or read more about Early Winter and watch the trailer.