Australian film characteristically relies on government and arts funding and frequently follows similar themes. Play It Safe is unconventional in both its subject matter and production style.
The film is a coming of age story set against the backdrop of the Melbourne independent arts scene. It explores the age-old struggle for artists everywhere: should you take a safe career path or follow your passions?
Play It Safe follows Jamie, a 26-year-old musician, who is out of work and down on his luck. When Jamie’s band breaks up, he’s left with no money, no career and no girlfriend. Now he teaches piano at a souldestroying music school. Will he take a risk and follow his dreams? Or will he surrender to his newfound unhappiness and play it safe?
The film is the debut feature from emerging Melbourne filmmaker Chris Pahlow, who has spent ten years creating music videos and short films. Pahlow, an acclaimed indie director in the tough Australian film industry, was joined by the likes of Clayton Jacobson (Kenny, Animal Kingdom), hip-hop artist Mantra, and Maya Aleksandra (Neighbours, Winners and Losers, Wilfred) to create PLAY IT SAFE. The film has been crowd-sourced from conception to post-production, involving over 100 members of the indie film and music community in Melbourne.
“Shot in black and white, it’s a deftly judged, quirky and hugely likeable indie dramatic comedy… Full of sharp humour, particularly from Alasdair Tremblay Birchall as Jamie’s best mate Jefferson, there’s also plenty of subtle emotional drama…”- The Lowdown Under (October 6th 2014)