WRITER / DIRECTOR / PRODUCER: PETER HEGEDUS
CO-PRODUCER: AMANDA KAYE
Henry has invented an app that will allow his family and loved ones to be together, always. But in the development process there are a few unforeseen glitches that no one could foresee.
EMMI is a statement about our struggle for connection. It is about the struggle we all have to connect emotionally with the people around us in an increasingly digital world. As a father, husband and filmmaker, I believe COVID has only amplified this tension.
Smart phones have become our best friends, closest allies and confidants in an ocean of disconnection. They make us feel connected and in control especially in the uncertain times like we live in today especially when the use of smartphone apps and our mere online presence have never been greater. Our appetite for technology will continue to increase exponentially in a POST COVID WORLD.
This is when our story is taking place. It is in this environment that Emmi as an app is created by our protagonist Henry Turek. Henry is desperate for connection. He built Emmi during COVID to get closer to his family but this app soon becomes nothing short of a symbol of his own entrapment.
Our original visual style has been conceived to demonstrate this struggle and obsession. Our camera focuses almost entirely on the phone - Henry’s focus of obsession - as if we’re seeing everything from Henry’s POV. This film is a visual statement on an intensely emotional problem. It aims to take the audience into a world to FEEL and SEE the power of the smart devices and smart Apps, in our lives: crazy, seductive, obtrusive, loving yet chaotic
EMMI is trying to tell us what is yet to come in an uncertain post covid world.
MEET THE CAST
WILL KELLY as Henry
Born in Adelaide, Will is a graduate of The Performing Arts Conservatory in Brisbane, Australia, graduating with an advanced Diploma of Stage and Screen. Since graduating he has continued his training with such renowned teachers as Anthony Brandon Wong, Christopher Sommers and Peter Rasmussen. Will is honing his craft as an actor, leveraging his life’s many experiences with a passion for the art of storytelling, always striving for honesty and excellence in any performance. EMMI is Will’s second collaboration with Peter Hegedus, having worked together on Peter’s previous short film The Witness. Credits include featuring alongside Rob Guest in Jekyll & Hyde The Musical, multiple award- winning short films, commercials, and Hoges: The Paul Hogan Story for channel 7.
JANELLE BAILEY as Kate
Janelle first discovered her love of acting playing Hermia in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in her school play at age 16. In her early years she modelled and worked in the airlines with lots of travel and time living in France. In 2014 Janelle took up her passion for acting once again with full force. She has learnt the craft from many incredible acting coaches, including the world renowned Larry Moss and continues to train with various workshops and courses. Janelle is known for her roles in the US feature film The Shallows, Swimming for Gold, At Last, Brisbane The Movie and The Lost One and for many short films; playing the lead in Follow My Way and supporting roles in Dry, Gertrude and Freddie and A Quiet Street in Pallarenda. She had a role in the TV series Harrow and has also done many TV commercials. Janelle is a passionate actor who is dedicated to her craft.
CURTIS HENDRICKX as Sam
Curtis Hendrickx is a Brisbane based actor born in 2005. His acting career began as an entrant in a fund raising event for childhood cancer - an event he entered to support a close friend fighting the disease. He has since appeared in TV commercials for RACQ, Vuly Trampolines and Ruby Resort. He has honed his craft in many student films and by attending The Warehouse Acting Studio. He has appeared as an extra in the SBS series Grace Beside Me and web commercials for Brisbane Heat and Vuly. Curtis has recently wrapped shooting a feature film (Yet to be released) where he was a lead actor, whilst also appearing in the soon to be released series “Young Rock”. His hobbies include swimming and rugby and he loves being outdoors.
ROWAN HOWARD as Chris
Rowan is a native of Far North Queensland where he grew up performing in school shows and participated in the local amateur theatre and Choral Society performances. He went on to eventually study at the Howard Fine Actors Studio whilst picking up roles in several of Australia’s most well-known Television series. He and his producing partner, Lee McLenaghan, have created several award-winning short films with their company “Choo Choo Productions” and they continue to work on the development of unique Australian stories for the screen. He lives on the Sunshine Coast with his wife and two beautiful children from where he continues to stay active within the local, national and international film industry.
"Hegedus' film EMMI depicts a terrifying technological reality. One man's obsession for emotional connectivity becomes his potential undoing. A tense social commentary that holds a mirror to contemporary society's addiction to the consumption of images, memories and communication. "
BEN HACKWORTH (DIRECTOR OF "CELESTE")
“Your film is beautifully executed. I loved the way you shot it. The formalism of looking at the world through the frame of the smartphone is a fantastic idea, and really keeps us boxed in with the character's perspective. The scenes of Henry driving, while looking at his phone, filled me with concern and anxiety. Congratulations on a great film!”
MICHAEL CRAFT (DIRECTOR OF "STORAGE")
“From the outset I was excited by the concept of the film “EMMI”. To try and capture the challenges set by a technological world in today's attitudes to parenting and being "plugged in' is a daunting task, however, it is one that this film does a great job of capturing. To work as a creative with such a group of open and professional artists is truly rewarding as I'm sure the end product proves. These, I believe, are the stories we need to tell and I am privileged to be a small part of this one.”
Co-Producer/1st Assistant Director
SHIH-YIN JUDY YEH
Director of Photography
Sound Designer/Sound Recordist
TIM PITCHFORD & BRENT HENSHAW