MAGYAR is a 15-minute psychological horror film that will be shot in Sydney, Australia in June 2023.
The organisers are searching for Hungarian-speaking talent based in Australia to enliven this migrant story of cultural displacement and alienation. MAGYAR tells the story of Hungarian migrant Anna who resettles in remote NSW in 1962. After reluctantly swearing an oath to naturalise as an Australian citizen, Anna begins to be haunted by a woman who wears a mask that bears an uncanny resemblance to her own face. The film explores the tragic idea that sometimes to belong, we become deformed versions of ourselves. The orginaizers believe this is an exciting opportunity to highlight a previously overlooked Hungarian story and look forward to working closely with the local Hungarian community in Australia.
Anna: Late 20s to early 40s. After weathering years of struggle in Hungary, Anna arrived in Australia with a sense of youthful optimism. That naivety is long gone. Anna’s longing for the past has kept her from embracing her new home. While her relationship with her husband Adam may have begun with a youthful flair, she has grown bitter and resentful of his commanding nature.
Adam: 30s – Early 40s. Adam is gruff and thick-skinned. Working on the Snowy Scheme has allowed Adam to make ends meet. He is now the strongest he’s ever been. Closer to his colleagues now than to Anna, he no longer sees her romantically. Enlivened by new opportunities in Australia, he refuses to be dragged into the nostalgia of the past.
If you are interested in being part of this film, please send a headshot and a short bio to producer Emily Bull: [email protected]. To learn more about the project, visit @magyarshortfilm on Instagram. This film will be produced in conjunction with the Australian, Film, Television and Radio School.