Dark Place

Kodie Bedford/Perun Bonser/Rob Braslin/Liam Phillips/Bjorn Stewart | Dramatic Feature
Australia| 2019 | 75 min
Canadian Premiere

Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 8:30pm
Dark Place
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

A horror film that has it all welcome to a Dark Place, a collection of shorts films from five filmmakers from the Aboriginal Tribes of Australia. Full of revenge, insomnia, supernatural forces, water zombies, land zombies and of course, comedy!


Kodie was born and raised in the WA’s Mid-West with strong family ties to the East Kimberley. She graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Communications and gained her Masters in Creative Writing from University of Technology Sydney. Kodie started as a cadet journalist for SBS in 2008 and then moved to the ABC as a researcher for documentary series Message Stick. After leaving the ABC in 2015, Kodie has worked as a freelance writer and co-founded Indigenous arts group Cope ST Collective. Her short film Last Drinks at Frida’s was selected for the Sydney Film Festival, Flickerfest and ImagineNative in Toronto. Kodie also wrote an episode for the AACTA award winning ABC drama series Mystery Road starring Aaron Pederson and Judy Davis and an episode of the AACTA Award nominated NITV and ABC ME children’s series Grace Beside Me. Recently, Kodie won the Balnaves Fellowship with Belvoir Theatre for


Perun Bonser is a freelance filmmaker with a background in dance based in Perth, Western Australia. Perun Bonser is a graduate of NAISDA Dance College, and has worked with Leigh Warren and Dancers, Bangarra Dance Theatre as well as many other independent choreographers. Recently he has written and directed various documentaries and short-dramas through ScreenWest and ScreenAustralia, with his films screening on ABC, NITV and various internationally recognised film festivals.


Rob Braslin is a filmmaker from Tasmania, Australia.. In 2017 his short film Film B-side 48 horror received an honourable mention for the 48 horror challenge. He will write and direct his first fully funded short horror film Vale Light coming out in Oct 2019 on ABC iView.


Liam Phillips is a writer-director based in Melbourne. Having drawn on a life-long passion for genre and horror, he directed a zero-budget short film titled ‘Home’ as his VCE Media project and subsequently unearthed an interest in the filmmaking process. Going on to attend The University of Melbourne, he studied creative writing and cultural studies, with a focus on film. ‘Foe’ is his first financed short film.


Bjorn Stewart is a Sydney based actor, writer and director. Most notably he was a writer and performer in the Logie nominated series Black Comedy. Bjorn has also directed and performed in Comedy Channel’s The Slot, performed in ABC’s Get Krack!n, Wham Bam Thank You Mam and the darkly comic schlock horror flick Red Christmas.

Bjorn also has written and directed short film I’m Gonna Make It through the First Breaks Metro Screen Initiative. He has also directed short film Last Drinks at Frida’s, which premiered at Sydney Film Festival 2017.

In 2019 Bjorn has written and directed his most controversial work yet, Killer Native.