Australians in Film have announced ‘A Celebration of WA in LA’, an exclusive Western Australian screening event and celebration at the historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood on Thursday 26 October 2017.

‘A Celebration of WA in LA’ will feature a screening, drinks, canapés, music, networking with VIP industry guests and an exciting Q & A with WA filmmakers writer/director Ben Young and DOP Michael McDermott from Hounds of Love and Lauren Elliott, Henry Inglis and Matt Lovkis from Mad Kids who will be talking about their recent successes and opportunities in the US, stemming from their home-grown projects. 

Special guests on the night will also include writer/director Zak Hilditch (These Final Hours, 1922), writer Shaun Grant (Snowtown, Berlin Syndrome), director Alethea Jones (Barbie, Fun Mom Dinner) and comedian/journalist extraordinaire, Dan Ilic who will act as MC for the night.

Following critical acclaim and multiple awards across the international festival circuit, the success of Hounds of Love has resulted in writer/director Ben Young being handpicked to direct the Universal blockbuster, Extinction starring Michael Pena and Lizzie Caplan. Ben is currently based in LA working on post-production for the film, following an intensive shoot in Serbia. Following her award-winning performance in Hounds of Love, Emma Booth has been cast as ‘The Witch’ in ABC fairytale drama series Once Upon A Time, currently filming in Vancouver. She can also be seen starring in Australian supernatural series, Glitch on Netflix and ABC as well as in Extinction, set for release on 26 January 2018.

Small Town Hackers, created by Henry Inglis and Matt Lovkis and produced by Lauren Elliott is the first Australian series to be commissioned by Above Average, the digital studio founded by legendary comedy producer Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video (Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Portlandia). The commission has resulted in the team, who are represented by CAA, jetting into LA this month for a number of pitch meetings with US networks. The 6-part comedy series will be released globally on Above Average on 30 October 2017 and the first official teaser can be seen at

Hounds of Love, produced by Melissa Kelly of WA production company, Factor 30 Films, tells the story of Vicki Maloney (Ashleigh Cummings) who after being randomly abducted from a suburban street, quickly realises she must outsmart her captors (Stephen Curry and Emma Booth) if she is to survive. Following an international theatrical release, Hounds of Love is now available on iTunes, Hulu and Amazon in the US and on DVD and Bluray in Australia. It will also be released on iTunes, Oz Flix and BeamAfilm in Australia and on DVD in the US on 1 November 2017. The trailer can be seen at

‘A Celebration of WA in LA’ will also feature an exclusive sneak peek at You Have Blue Eyes, the debut short film from WA writer/director Alison James, ahead of its world premiere in 2018. Hounds of Love, Small Town Hackers and You Have Blue Eyes were shot, produced and post-produced entirely in Western Australia and the celebration is a testament to the number of WA talent currently making waves in Los Angeles.

Founded in 2001, Australians in Film is a Los Angeles based non-profit film, television and digital content foundation that supports and promotes Australian screen talent and culture in the United States. AiF hosts regular screenings and special events to celebrate the work of Australian content creators and talent. 

“The Australians in Film team are thrilled to celebrate the ever-growing presence of Western Australian talent in Los Angeles and we could not be more honoured to be a part of this special event.”
said Peter Ritchie, Executive Director at Australians in Film.

Invitations to ‘A Celebration of WA in LA’ will be available to Australians in Film members and US industry representatives. Why not join today? Memberships are available at