Golden Moss Films was established by Jamie Helmer and Michael Leonard as a place to cultivate interesting ideas through a strong vision of image and sound.
C O N T A C T I N F O
Jamie: +61 415 953 160
Michael: +61 402 588 051
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 DIY epic, Tears In the Cock, to America where it was an Official Selection at the Orlando Film Festival, and received an Honourable Mention at the Santa Monica Independent Film Festival.
Jamie Helmer’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. 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).
Moving to Melbourne shortly after, he has since immersed himself in the local film community, working in an array of roles on various shorts, music videos and feature films. Most notable of these is the stylised music video he directed and edited for Berlin-based darkwave band, Ascetic. As well as directing, Jamie has established himself as a sort-after freelance production designer. Among the varied projects he has been involved with are the J-Awards Music Video of the Year, Mine, directed by Natalie James, and to the upcoming Amiel Courtin-Wilson feature, The Empyrean.
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, the ad played as a part of the 2015 MIFF pre-show. A job Jamie and Michael, were invited to do again in both 2016 and 2017.
2016 has been dedicated to the creation of The Knife Salesman, written and produced by Michael and co-directed with Jamie. The Knife Salesman began it’s life as a scene within the feature screenplay, Grafton Point. It has been designed as a proof of concept for the feature, and to show off the creative team Golden Moss Films has been able to build over the years. These include actress Dana Miltins, cinematographer Giovanni C. Lorusso, editor Greg Cooper, sound Designer Sean Crowley and composer Jessie Warren.