The Knife Salesman 15+, unless accompanied by an adult
In a small nook of heat-drenched coastal Australia, a traveling Knife Salesman, Tom, visits upon Mary, a frustrated house wife. As blades grind on stone, tensions build as Mary’s two boisterous children observe Tom and Mary playing out their all to familiar roles.
Director Michael Leonard & Jamie Helmer | Producer Michael Leonard | Screenwriter Michael Leonard | Editor Greg Cooper | Composer Jessie Warren | Cast Dana Miltins
Michael Leonard started experimenting with cinema in 2008, creating his own DIY films and screening them throughout the city of Melbourne with other artists and musicians under the banner Beg, Scream and Shout. These events were committed to screening DIY film with live music and ran from 2009 - 2014.
In 2013 Michael took his epic DIY musical, Tears In the Cock, to America where it was in Official Selection at the Orlando Film Festival, and received an Honourable Mention at the Santa Monica Independent Film Festival.
Jamie’s first foray into filmmaking was during his undergraduate study at Murdoch University in Perth. A series of experimental shorts preceded the dream-like short drama, Yesterday - an exploration of love’s struggle in the face of death. Then, as his post graduate thesis began to take shape, the more ambitious featurette Fugue came to fruition. Fugue is the story of a grieving man who spirals into an increasing obsession with a string of local murders - the film examines western society’s paradoxical relationship towards death. Fugue went on to screen at various film festivals including Perth’s Revelation Film Festival and the Denver Underground Film Festival (where it was runner-up for best narrative short).
2014 saw Jamie and Michael create Golden Moss Films, a production house dedicated to cultivating interesting ideas through a strong vision of image and sound. The first film out of the gates was the enigmatic relationship drama, Late October. Written and directed by Jamie, and produced by Michael, it is an immersive portrait of a couple whose connection is waning against the backdrop of an unsettled presence in their house. That same year Michael produced and directed his first ad for Cinema Nova to be played as a part of the 2015 MIFF pre-show. A job Jamie and Michael, were invited to do again in 2016 with the Experience Cinema ad.