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By Alkinos Tsilimidos
By Alkinos Tsilimidos
By Alkinos Tsilimidos
By Alkinos Tsilimidos


By Alkinos Tsilimidos

"This is film at its best. A must see. Colin Friels and Nick Barkla wreak naked, embarrassing, honest emotional havoc. Blind Company is a major work."
Larry Clark


Melbourne IFF, World Film Festival Montreal


BLIND COMPANY tells the story of Geoff Brewster, a middle-aged man who has retreated to the family’s isolated, coastal shack to die in peace. He is also going blind. Geoff spends his days walking on the beach and leaving tape-recorded confessions to his estranged wife, Sally. But Geoff’s solitude is interrupted when his Porsche driving nephew, Josh, turns up and decides to stay. Tension fills the shack as Josh’s strange behaviour sets Geoff on edge and when Sally arrives for her weekly cleaning, the shack is ready to explode. Sally encourages Geoff to audition for an amateur production of Hamlet and Geoff takes to Hamlet like Olivier. But Geoff goes totally blind. The arrival of two strangers bearing the ashes of one of Geoff’s lovers sets Geoff and Josh on a collision course that threatens to destroy the both of them.


Alkinos Tsilimidos has been described as one of Australia’s most important contemporary film directors. He has a reputation for being an actor’s director and is renowned for his uncompromising approach to stories of social relevance.
He graduated from Swinburne School of Film and Television (now VCA) in 1988. His début feature film EVERYNIGHT…EVERYNIGHT (1994) won international critical acclaim. It was awarded Best First Film (Prix D’Montreal) at the Montreal World Film Festival and was in Official Selection at the Venice International Film Festival.
His second feature SILENT PARTNER (2001) was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the AFI and Film Critics Awards and was in Official Selection at the Toronto, Montreal, Newport, US Arts Comedy, Athens, Singapore and Bangkok International Film Festivals. In 2004, TOM WHITE was released to extensive critical acclaim. It received thirty-one Australian feature film award nominations, Colin Friels winning the FCCA and the IF AWARD for Best Actor. EM 4 JAY (2006), his fourth feature, participated at Melbourne, Brisbane, Athens, Mostra De Valencia – Spain, Newport Beach – US, Titanic - Hungary and New Zealand International Film Festivals. Variety said: “Authenticity makes EM 4 JAY a Down Under low budget TRIUMPH.”
BLIND COMPANY is his fifth feature film.


Geoff: Colin Friels
Josh: Nick Barkla
Gloria: Gloria Ajenstat
Hailey: Kate Rayment
Annie: Paige Siran Rattray
Peter: Frank Magree
Director: Samuel Johnson
Benson: Vossy


Director: Alkinos Tsilimidos
Script: Alkinos Tsilimidos
Based on a Story by Austin Pendleton
Cinematography: Adam Arkapaw
Editing: Alkinos Tsilimidos
Sound Design: Tristan Meredith
Music: Matt Davis, Michael Emenau
Producers: John Finemore, Alkinos Tsilidos
Executive Producers: Matteo Bruno, James Hoppe
Co-producer: Dominic Allen
Associate Producers: Nick Barkla, Diana Burmas, Marcus Sproule


Original Title: Blind Company / HDCAM, HDCAM SR, DIGIBETA / 2.35:1 FULL FRAME - 16:9 / 97min / DOLBY 5.1 / Australia 2009

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