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TRUE COLOURS

An increasingly desolate teenage schoolboy creates a coded
language using paint colour sample cards to express his secret desires and feelings for the object of his affection.

  • DAVID VALENT
    Director
  • BEN CROKER
    Writer
  • BEN CROKER
    Producer
  • SOPHIE NOTLEY
    Producer
  • LINCOLN VICKERY
    Key Cast
  • RIAN HOWLETT
    Key Cast
  • LUKE FEWSTER
    Key Cast
  • JESSICA PATERSON
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    DRAMA, GAY, QUEER, GLBTQI
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 24, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    ARRI ALEXA
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:39
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • FLICKERFEST 2016
    BONDI, SYDNEY
    January 17, 2016
  • WA SCREEN ACADEMY AWARDS 2015
    PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    September 24, 2015
    WORLD PREMIERE
    CHANNEL 9 AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCRIPTWRITING
  • WA SCREEN AWARDS 2016
    PERTH
    Australia
    NOMINATED FOR 'PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD'
  • SUNSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL
    ST. PETERSBURG
    United States
    April 30, 2016
  • OUT HERE NOW - KANSAS CITY LGBT FILM FESTIVAL
    KANSAS CITY
    United States
    June 25, 2016
  • FREEDOM SHORTS XV
    PHILADELPHIA
    United States
    May 7, 2016
  • SANDBAR INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS

    WINNER - BEST LGBTQ FILM
  • FASTNET FILM FESTIVAL
    SCHULL
    Ireland
    May 26, 2016
  • OUT FILM CT
    HARTFORD
    United States
    June 6, 2016
  • FAIRY TALES FILM FESTIVAL
    CALGARY
    Canada
    May 28, 2016
    CANADIAN PREMIERE
  • NEW CLASSIC CINEMA FILM FESTIVAL

    WINNER - BEST DEBUT
  • SPRINGOUT! MIDDLE TENNESSEE LGBT FILM FESTIVAL
    MURFREESBORO
    United States
    April 7, 2016
  • FILMOUT GLBT FILM FESTIVAL
    SAN DIEGO
    United Arab Emirates
    June 5, 2016
    WEST COAST PREMIERE
  • CAYFILM CAYMAN ISLANDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    GEORGETOWN
    Cayman Islands
    July 2, 2016
  • F.A.M.E.'US INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    LOS ANGELES
    United States
    WINNER - PLATINUM AWARD
  • ROMA CINEMADOC
    ROME
    Italy
  • MIAMI INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
    MIAMI
    United States
Director - DAVID VALENT
Director Statement

Filmmaking is a daunting and complex process. Even on a scale such as this, making a short film in an academic environment, presents an enormous list of both technical and creative challenges. For me as director, the process taught me the vital importance of trusting your cast and crew.

‘True Colours’ is a window into a world that is just now beginning to find a voice. It is a bold, honest statement born in truth about issues faced by young men. I hope that you find it as uniquely insightful as I did.