Most artists will tell you that completing vital funding applications can be a full-time job in itself, which is why Cottesloe screenwriter Emily Honey was surprised by the streamlined and simple, artist-friendly process. to apply last year for the first Minderoo Foundation Artist Fund. , fostering the creative talent of WA artists in all art forms.
“It’s respectful of your time, which shouldn’t be unusual, but it is,” Honey shares.
“And if you have a project in mind, you will already have a lot of material to bring. Don’t guess, just apply.
Honey’s surprise turned to gratitude when she was selected for the 2021 Artist Fund cohort, which distributes up to six $25,000 grants to mid-career artists to explore or create new works, while also offering artist residencies, valued at $10,000 each, at UWA Hall’s Forrest in Crawley, Minderoo Station in the Pilbara or the Minderoo Foundation Research Lab in Exmouth .
The graduate of St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, who studied history and politics at UWA and Oxford University, has received funding for her feature script Boots on an underdog WAWFL team, based in Fremantle.
She completed a month-long residency at Forrest Hall in November, where she had a studio, access to library archives, the freedom to work unsupervised, and spent time with the women’s soccer team. UWA, where her younger sister Eliza plays.
“Halfway through the fellowship, I started freaking out because I had promised them a feature script, but there was something about the narrative dynamic that just didn’t fit,” says Honey, 30. .
“I thought about it and talked to my friend who is a playwright, and during that conversation I realized that it was much better suited for a series; simply because the story arcs were much longer and because of the current climate with scouting services.
Boots is now a 10-episode narrative comedy-drama TV series that follows an anxious captain who, in a last-ditch attempt to bail out her radical feminist amateur soccer team Yonic Youth to win the grand final, is forced to accept a new source of funding and management staff.
He comes in the form of his half-estranged grandfather and his devoted team of unreconstructed former legendary football friends, where the tables then turn when the men discover esports and convince Yonic Youth to coach them to the Victoire.
Honey discovered her talent for screenwriting while writing sketches for the Oxford Revue, while interned at Warner Brothers in Los Angeles, and is a five-time finalist for the Sundance Screenwriting Lab.
“It wasn’t intentional, I never studied screenwriting, I just started doing it, it got out of control and here we are,” she laughs.
“Right now, I’m about to start pitching (Boots) to a number of production companies. I’m also in the process of setting up my own production entity based here called Bitzer, which I think will be the umbrella company to do this. We’ve had a pretty good response so far.
Expressions of Interest for this year’s Minderoo Foundation Artist Fund are now open until March 7 on minderoo.org and regional artists are particularly encouraged to apply.
Minderoo Foundation co-chair Nicola Forrest said he was blown away by the response to the launch of the Artist Fund last year.
“We know that artists in Western Australia are incredibly talented and eager for opportunities to grow and challenge their practice,” says Forrest.
“As we enter our third year of life with the pandemic, it is more important than ever to support our arts sector. »