FINCH's Alyssa McClelland wins Dendy Live Action Short Award at Sydney Film Festival

image1.jpegFINCH director Alyssa McClelland has taken out the top prize at the Sydney Film Festival's Short Film competition with her film 'Second Best'.

Directed, produced and co-written by McClelland, 'Second Best' is a dark comedy about the power of identical twin sisters and their unbreakable bond, no matter what might try and come between them.
With a mother who is a twin and having been surrounded by other close twin relationships her entire life, Alyssa had been plotting the story for a while.

Says McClelland: "The twin relationship has always fascinated me. They share a womb and then have to work out a way to share their lives. Or not. My mother and her twin sister live around the corner from each other to this very day."

McClelland partnered with 72&Sunny Amsterdam creative director Simone Moessinger to write the film and cast real life identical twin actors, Karina and Raechelle Banno.

Premiering in January at Flickerfest where it took out the award for Best Direction in an Australian Short Film, the film will next be in competition at Heartland Film Festival in the USA.  

Directed, Produced & Co-Written by Alyssa McClelland
Co-Written by Simone Moessinger
Co-Producer: Daisy Bray
Executive Producer: Molonglo Group
Director of Photography: Katie Milwright ACS
Editor: Scott Walmsley
Production Designer: Miles Pitt
Costume Designer: Brenda Burcul
Sound: Sonar Music
Music Composer: Dmitri Golovko
Casting: Stevie Ray CGA
Cast: Karina Banno, Raechelle Banno, Lucy Bell, Mirko Grillini, Thomas Campbell, Michael Whalley & Jeanette Cronin


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