It is the stuff of which lore is built; the dream of every film student who ever uttered the words "action" and "cut". While she was on the dole, Emma-Kate Croghan made her debut feature "Love and Oth...
Helmed second feature the romantic comedy "Strange Planet"
Made two short films while a student at Victoria College of the Arts
Co-directed (with Brad McGann) the short "Come As You Are"
Raised in communes by her mother
Feature directorial debut, "Love and Other Catastrophes"
It is the stuff of which lore is built; the dream of every film student who ever uttered the words "action" and "cut". While she was on the dole, Emma-Kate Croghan made her debut feature "Love and Other Catastrophes" in her native Australia for $37,000--produced by her boyfriend Stavros Andonis Efthymiou--only to have it become the darling of the 1996 Cannes Film Festival and make her one of the world's rising young filmmakers. Filmed when she was 23, "Love", which Croghan also co-wrote, is in the style of the screwball comedies of the 1930s, recounting the semi-autobiographical tale of two female filmmaking students living in a warehouse apartment as they look for a third roommate during a hectic day. While it was a low-budget production, the film was completed with $400,000 from the Australian Film Commission and Fox Searchlight paid $800,000 for the distribution rights a week before the Cannes Film Festival debut, rolling it out in US theaters in 1997.<p> Croghan had previously made two short films while a student at Victoria College of the Arts in Melbourne: "Sexy Girls, Sexy Appliances" and "Desire". Additionally, the novice filmmaker co-directed the documentary short, "Come As You Are", with Brad McGann. Given a theatrical release in 1996, "Come As You Are" is a stylized look at three people: a drag queen, a gay urban cowboy and a sexual outlaw. Croghan returned to features with the likable if lightweight romantic comedy "Strange Planet" (1999), which followed the various couplings of six principal characters over the course of one year.
was divorced from Croghan's father; died of cancer in 1997
produced "Love and Other Catastrophes"; met in 1992
Victorian College of the Arts
"I don't want the main part of my life to be flying around, talking about my film." --Emma-Kate Croghan in PEOPLE, May 19, 1997
"She's able to catch a moment and describe it. She's also got a great sense of humor." --Bob Aaronson, VP Fox Searchlight, to PEOPLE, May 19, 1997
"There have been quite a lot of Australian directors who have done well at home and then gone on to . . . I think I'll make another film at home, but you can only go so far in Australia. To be honest, America's where the money is." --Croghan in TIMEOUT NEW YORK, March 27-April 3, 1997
"People are very encouraged to be creative in Australia. It's a creative nation. We invent a lot but we can't manufacture and sell so we just come up with the ideas while other people make money from them. I think that's the same in the arts." --Croghan to MOVIEMAKER, July 1997