When an Indigenous girl finds an injured staffy dumped in a garbage bag, she undertakes an emotional and dangerous journey to stop those responsible from hurting again.
In a small regional town in Victoria, introverted Indigenous teen Ji (14) finds a stray staffy roaming her street. She offers the dog immediate love and comfort but shortly after a ute approaches and Ji is confronted by Terry, owner of the local scrapyard. Also in the ute is Ji’s …
Steven J. Tandy is an emerging writer/director/producer from Bacchus Marsh, Regional Victoria. He was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship to study the Bachelor of Film and Television at Swinburne University. He graduated in 2013 with a focus on writing and directing.
Tandy then travelled the U.S.A with his Graduate short Yesterday’s News, a claustrophobic drama about working the Graveyard shift at a local petrol station. He was awarded the ‘Director’s Choice’ Award at Sacramento Film Festival. It was later picked up for distribution. That year, Tandy also wrote the short screenplay for The Suitcase, directed by fellow Swinburne student, Natassha Amalia. It won a Platinum Remi for Best Student Short at Houston Worldfest.
In 2015, Tandy began writing his debut feature film screenplay The Black Dogs We Carry, a drama about an introverted teen’s emotional and dangerous journey to find his beloved dog after it goes missing in suspicious circumstances.
This screenplay was 1 of 10 projects selected for Open Channel’s Script Development program, Scriptstart for professional development. Later that year, Tandy won both the audience and judges award at Open Channel’s Short and Sharp Pitching Competition. Tandy received consultancy time with Stephen Cleary to further develop the script. Since this time, the screenplay has been optioned with Tandy attached to direct.
In 2018, Tandy returned to writing, directing and producing his own narrative short films. His return film, ‘The Story’ starred Aussie rock icon Tim Rogers and premiered Opening Night of St.Kilda Film Festival in May and has since been picked up for distribution by Ozflix. Tandy is currently in post-production for his newest short film Untitled (Saturn Returns), starring Andrew S. Gilbert and developing two other feature scripts.