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The Toast Whisperers webseries

THE TOAST WHISPERERS: Perth-dwellers and middle-aged cookery amateurs, Ren and Phil, are looking to make the best toast on the West Coast. (3 x Episodes: Pilot/Episode 01/Episode 06)

  • Phil Jeng Kane
    Director
    short films/video on the Web
  • Renny Gosatti
    Director
    short films/video on the Web
  • Phil Jeng Kane
    Writer
    eps of Western Australian kids' telly in the 1990s
  • Renny Gosatti
    Writer
    N/A
  • Phil Jeng Kane
    Producer
    N/A
  • Renny Gosatti
    Producer
    N/A
  • Phil Jeng Kane
    Key Cast
    "Phil Fong"
    N/A
  • Renny Gosatti
    Key Cast
    "Renny De Rossi"
    N/A
  • Project Type:
    Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    cookery, comedy
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Phil Jeng Kane, Renny Gosatti

Renny Gosatti and Phil Jeng Kane started making short films together when they were teenagers 35 years ago. They shot things on Super-8 reversal film and enjoyed their hobby. Eventually, they stopped and moved into construction and teaching respectively.

In the last five years, with each man approaching the half century, they thought, "Hmmm this new digital media technology seems to be 1000 times better than our old Hanimex camera. Let's have some fun and shoot a parody cooking show web-series, that's quasi-real." The result is TOAST WHISPERERS.

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Director Statement

We decided to resume filmmaking together after a two-decade break. We were working on an idea for a community television cooking show when we stopped, and returned to that in the 21st Century, upon realising we've had no better ideas since the 1990s.

THE TOAST WHISPERERS web series is set in the semi-fictional Perth northern suburb of Pegasus Point. The recipes are real. The light fantasy and science-fiction strand woven through the behind-the-scenes material is reality adjacent.

The episodes concern Renny De Rossi and Phil Fong. They are two middle-aged men who know nothing about toast, hoping to discover more about themselves and the world through their culinary journey. They are reluctantly aided in this by Ren's children Reece and Sarah and by Phil's android child Jet. Along the way, they encounter moving inanimate objects, mythical dream creatures and robots from space, but only for the few seconds a non-existent VFX budget will allow.

In the beginning, the series was partly self-shot, sometimes on smart-phones, and has all the magic and technological compromise that suggests. In the latter section (represented in this entry by episode 6) the tech standards improved and yet all other elements stayed as home-made as the recipes themselves.

Season 1 has barely be seen on Youtube and has partly screened to a Facebook audience. There will be a Season 2.