Michael Leonard & Jamie Helmer’s ‘The Knife Salesman’ Short Heads to Venice Film Festival!

The good news story for Australian content makers continues as Golden Moss Films’ short The Knife Salesman has been selected to compete in the Venice Film Festival Orizzonti Prize Competition.



Rome, Italy: It was today announced that the Australian short film The Knife Salesman, from Golden Moss Films, has been officially selected to World Premiere the 74th edition of the prestigious Venice International Film Festival in September, where it is one of only 12 short films competing for the Orizzonti Short Film Prize. Melbourne-based directors Michael Leonard, who also wrote and produced the film, and Jamie Helmer who is also the production designer, will both travel to Italy to unveil their film at the festival, one of the world’s premier film events, which takes place on Venice’s glamorous Lido.

Starring Syd Brisbane (Bad Boy Bubby, Red Dog: True Blue) and stunning newcomer Dana Miltins, The Knife Salesman captures a searing, suspenseful and offbeat encounter in a heat-drenched Australian coastal town. Mary (Dana Miltins), a frustrated housewife invites travelling knife salesman Tom (Syd Brisbane) into her home. Tensions rise as he goes to work sharpening her dull blades while Mary’s two boisterous children observe Tom and Mary playing out their all too familiar roles. 

In what is a distinctively creative approach, The Knife Salesman originated as a scene from the feature film GRAFTON POINT that the pair have in development, which then went into production as a stand-alone short film that will work as a proof of concept, showcasing the talent of the creative team as well as giving a sense of style for the feature.

Golden Moss joint quote “We are incredibly excited to have The Knife Salesman selected for the Orizzonti competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival. With the film we wanted to create and off-beat thriller that would cast a light on the absurdity of modern gender roles and how we instil these archaic ideas onto the younger generation. It has been amazingly rewarding time creating this piece with our talented and committed collaborators. We are so happy to share it with the world on one of cinemas biggest stages.”

DoP is Giovanni Lorusso, Editor Greg Cooper, with Sound Design and Composition by Sean Crowley and Jessie L. Warren