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The Ghost of Kelly Winters

A woman, haunted by the guilt of her best friend's tragic death, is persuaded to go to a Christmas party. In a cruel twist of fate, something follows her there and suddenly the events of that horrible night come flooding back.

  • Cristobal Olguin
    The Shadow's Clock
  • Talin Agon
    The Paper Rose, The Intervention
  • Nalina Okey
    ABC's Behind Closed Doors, Kick Ons
  • Talin Agon
    Key Cast
    Life of the Party, The Paper Rose, Nightlights, Fenced
  • Erica Long
    Key Cast
    "Kelly "
    The Wild Orchards, Kick Ons, After Nightfall
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    Thriller, Horror
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 25, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,700 AUD
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Director Biography - Cristobal Olguin

Cristobal’s first experience on a film set was playing a secondary role in a feature film, Riz, that went on to screen at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival. Since then, he has worked behind the camera on multiple film and music video projects as an editor, writer and director.

He graduated from the University of Technology Sydney where he directed his first short film, The Shadow’s Clock, a black and white ghost story with elements of Chilean history and generational trauma. Currently living in Western Sydney, and with a strong passion for storytelling and genre filmmaking, he continues his plans to tell unique stories through different cinematic and genre lenses.

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Director Statement

In my previous film, I explored generational trauma within history, however with Kelly Winters I was interested in exploring one's personal connection to trauma and guilt, and how that can be manifested through horror. What drew me to the script was the symbolic connection between both characters, and their inexorable connection through trauma, where Marion is trying to escape her past, but struggles, due to her crushing guilt. Visually and thematically, we took inspiration from some of classic horror films such as Candyman (1992) and Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), especially their ability to merge elements of myth, urban legends, trauma and grief. Horror is one of the most flexible and unappreciated genres in cinematic storytelling. There are so many gears within the genre that can be levered or turned to achieve different effects and it’s one of the best genres because it enables us to explore our real life fears and anxieties through story.