So Vam is a true labour of love: a film made with love and about love. It’s a story about what it means to be oneself, and to be empowered, loved and and accepted, against all opposition. It’s about conquering hate in all of its forms. We’re very passionate about this film, and we hope you can find it in your heart to contribute to its completion. It is a unique, fast-paced and visually striking vampire horror / queer coming-of-age film from the award-winning young director Alice Maio Mackay. It’s going to be something very special, and its message just might change lives for the better.
Kurt is an outcast in a conservative town who dreams of moving to the city to be a famous drag queen. When he is kidnapped by a predatory old vampire and killed, he is rescued just in time to be resurrected by a gang of rebellious vampires who feed on bigots and abusers. As a vampire he finally knows empowerment and belonging, but his killer is still out there: enslaving new minions with their own rotten hatred and threatening all that he loves. Until Kurt faces the monster, he will never truly be free, but this time he need not face it alone.
How can you help?
So Vam was shot in seven days by a dedicated cast and crew, so it's ready to be put together. Now we need your help to finish it and get it out there. Donations will go to the editing, VFX, sound design and music, and getting it ready for marketing, distribution and film festivals.
We have a fantastic and diverse cast and crew. Below is some information about the main cast and key creatives.
Sweet as pie and sharp as cheddar, the Terminally Delightful BenDeLaCreme is a writer, director, actor, and producer for both stage and screen. She is known for combining her background in performing and visual arts with a love of spectacle, glamour, and Saturday morning cartoons.
Kurt - Xia
Xia is a talented Adelaide based drag artist and performer.
April - Grace Hyland
Grace Hyland is an amazingly talented young trans actor from Melbourne. She is a trail blazer and a rising star, and we're so honoured to have her in So Vam.
Landon - Chris Asimos
Chris Asimos is an international performing artist that’s worked extensively on stage, television and film. Just some of his credits include –Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Danger 5 Season 1 and 2 (SBS Television), House husbands and Bad Language. Stage work includes State Theatre productions, Three Sisters, The Give and Take and A View from the Bridge. As well as the world premiere of Barassi: The Stage show performed at the prestigious Arts Centre in Melbourne. This year Chris stared in the Midsumma Festival headline show 'Become the One' to critical acclaim.
Alice Maio Mackay - Director Co Writer & Producer
Alice Maio Mackay is a prodigious and award-winning writer/ director and producer based in Adelaide, South Australia. Her Stephen King adaptation A Tale of the Laundry Game, original short Tooth 4 Tooth, and others have been extraordinarily popular and successful in festivals, Tooth 4 Tooth receiving a distribution deal with Mattioli Productions. So Vam is her first feature film, and there are more in development. She has a unique, unforgettable style and is an exciting new voice in genre cinema.
“This director is national treasure in the making. In the future, I will brag that I saw this film before everyone else became obsessed with Alice Maio Mackay.” YVE BLAKE, creator of FANGIRLS
“Alice Maio Mackay has a distinct and stylish vision and could be the future of queer horror.” JEN MARKOWITZ, Senior Producer, Canada's Drag Race
Cinematographer - Aaron Schuppan
The first stories Aaron remembers hearing were nursery rhymes sung to him in German by his Oma. At the age of 8 he saw a poster for Back to the Future 2 and decided then and there that movies were what he wanted to do with his life. This was cemented by a youth growing up all throughout rural Australia where his one consistent friend was the video store. He is an AFTRS graduate writer/director and a multi-award-winning cinematographer. As well as his work with WeMat he has worked extensively in independent cinema as well as the commercial space for major brands and written/directed countless music videos for Australian and international acts. He is currently focusing on long-form narrative. His feature Heavy Red is currently in development with We Made A Thing Studios.
Co-writer - Ben Pahl Robinson
Ben is a skilled and versatile screenwriter and filmmaker with over 15 years of experience in the craft. He has an overactive imagination, a twisted sensibility, and has worn out many pairs of boots on his travels.
- Steve Bassist
- Adrian Crawford
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