Inside is the debut feature film from writer-director Charles Williams, whose short film All These Creatures won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
The coming-of-age film follows Mel Blight (Miller), who has just been transferred from juvenile to adult prison. There, he is taken under the wing of Mark Shepard (Jarvis), Australia’s most despised criminal, and Warren Murfett (Pearce), a soon-to-be-a-paroled inmate. The synopsis continues: "As a paternal triangle grows between them, we see that even the worst of men have a little bit of good inside that will be their undoing."
In a statement, Williams said: “It was incredibly defining to have spent my formative years growing up in regional Victoria and I couldn’t imagine making this film anywhere else. It’s a part of Australia we don’t often see on screen and I’m very grateful to have had the support to shoot here – both from VicScreen and the incredible local cast, crew, and wider community.”
Inside is produced by Marian Macgowan for Macgowan Films and Kate Glover for Never Sleep Pictures, with Thomas M Wright serving as executive producer.
Inside is financed in association with VicScreen with support from the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) Premiere Fund and Screen NSW. The film was attracted to Victoria through VicScreen’s Victorian Screen Incentive and Regional Location Assistance Fund.
Producer Marian Macgowan said: “VicScreen’s early and generous support has been pivotal in enabling us to bring Charles’ Williams debut feature to the screen in regional and metropolitan Victoria. Joe Brinkmann and his team made the application, approval and investment process transparent, and seamless for filmmakers. Our thanks to them and to the Victoria Government.”
Victorian Minister for Creative Industries Colin Brooks said, “It was a thrill to visit the set of Inside in Brunswick and meet some of our state’s talented cast and crew, who are bringing this distinctly Australian story to life. We are backing productions like Inside to create job opportunities for Victorian screen workers and businesses, and put our local talent and stories on screens across the globe.”
Bonsai Films is distributing for Australia and New Zealand with Goodfellas (Wild Bunch) handling international sales. Additional funding partners include Finnish Impact Film Fund, Aurora Studios, Obscura and Film I Väst along with Soundfirm.