Private Project

Amissa Anima

Four boys survive on the seedy night streets of St Kilda’s red-light district in Australia in the 1980’s. Based on true events. (Adult themes)

  • Tatiana Doroshenko
    Earth, Cam Girl, Shot
  • David Markin
  • Katrina Mathers
    Nullarbor, The Gallant Captain, Half of Me, The Referees
  • Bernie Clifford
  • Jim Daly
    Key Cast
  • Justin Hosking
    Key Cast
  • David Kara
    Key Cast
  • Ellery Ryan ACS
    Director of Photography
  • David Markin
  • Tatiana Doroshenko
    Earth, Cam Girl, Shot
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    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2021
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    Black & White and Color
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  • Catalina Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 17, 2021
    Official Selection: International Ideas
  • HollyShorts
    Sherman Oaks, California
    United States
    September 23, 2021
    Official Selection: International Programme
  • Sedicicorto International Film Festival
    October 1, 2021
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Rome Independent Film Festival: RIFF Awards
    November 18, 2021
  • Buenos Aires International Film Festival
    Buenos Aires
    November 18, 2021
    Official Selection: Best Cinematography
  • Bucharest Film Awards
    October 4, 2021
    Best Experimental Film nomination
  • Shorts That Are Not Pants Festival

    November 19, 2021
    Canadian Premiere
  • AIDFF: Athens International Digital Film Festival
    December 9, 2021
    Greek Premiere
  • Fusion Film Festival: East European Film Festival, Warsaw edition
    December 13, 2021
    East European premiere
  • International Moving Film Festival

    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    December 28, 2021
  • BIFF: Boden International Film Festival
    January 15, 2022
    Swedish premiere
Director Biography - Tatiana Doroshenko

Tatiana’s short films and screen works have seen audiences in Australia, Europe and America. Screening highlights include European Media Arts Festival (EMAF) 2007, VAD Spain 2006, Transmediale Berlin 2002, and the Santiago Biennale in 2003 and HollyShorts 2015. In 2006, she wrote and co-produced a Tropfest finalist short film Last Stop. A number of her short form scripts have done well in local and international competitions.  In 2014 she completed a Masters at the Victorian College of the Arts with a psychological thriller that screened at the TCL Cinemas with HollyShorts. The co-written screenplay for the short Amissa Anima was short listed for script awards in Australian, USA and Mexico. She has been a sometime actor since 1986. Tatiana has worked in the community sector and Indigenous organisations, developing collaborative short digital stories. She is a first generation Australian, her parents migrating after the second world war from Poland and Ukraine.

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Director Statement

Amissa Anima is set in 1980’s St Kilda, Australia, when a network of paedophiles preyed on street kids as young as 10 years old. The characters are fictional but based on true events and the writers’ personal experiences.

This occurred worldwide and took place before child protection laws and awareness were as strong as they are today. (See the 1981 German film Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo). It is still a major crime today, but manifests differently with technology.

David Markin and Tatiana Doroshenko grew up together in St Kilda, they are close to this story, witnessing the long-term effects of child-abuse and neglect across generations. This project is a voice for those silenced by shame, ignorance and pain.

We aimed to give a humanity and authenticity to these stories and crimes that is difficult to access via mainstream media. The historical content and sensitive subject matter called for a classical, black and white visual execution and who better to achieve this than the highly experience veteran cinematographer Ellery Ryan. Ellery and the more experienced amongst us mentored young and emerging crew and actors, many have since spring boarded their careers from this project.

Making this film has been a long emotional journey, an ordeal but greatly rewarding. It was difficult to make on many fronts not only due the production restrictions imposed by working with children on the difficult subject of the exploitation of vulnerable children living on the streets, but also the personal connection to the subject for the creators.

Thanks to a formidable team of committed, generous and wonderful people who believed in it and stuck with us to the end we 'made it'. A special mention to the City of Port Phillip who endorsed it. A lot of hearts went into its making so hopefully, some of that will reach our audiences.