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Here Out West: behind the scenes

The language barrier wasn’t the only challenge co-director Ana Kokkinos had in making the new feature film, Here Out West.

Here Out West is a chapter film from eight emerging and diverse screenwriters living in Western Sydney, brought to the big screen by five female directors. One of those directors is Ana Kokkinos who knew immediately of the significance of the project and wanted to be involved.

“It is still rare in this country to celebrate our diverse voices, to celebrate the different ways we can tell stories. It was very important to be a part of this process and to enable it to happen in the best possible way,” explains Kokkinos.

In this behind the scenes video, Kokkinos tells of the challenges that the language barrier brought to working on set, the important roles the screenwriters had during production and her decision to creatively use light in a key moment of the film.

Here Out West is released in cinemas nationally from 3 February 2022.