Dirty movie

Making up a movie as you go along - what could possibly go wrong? Surprisingly little, according to director Matt Austin, who shot his first feature, Dirt, over three days in April with just a vague script and a cast of improv actors.

Making up a movie as you go along – what could possibly go wrong? Surprisingly little, according to director Matt Austin, who shot his first feature, Dirt, over three days in April with just a vague script and a cast of improv actors.

‘I wrote a script without any dialogue, it was all action-based. It was about 22 pages,’ he says. ‘It was like a silent film, we just had to fill in the talky parts.’

The story, such as it is, follows a clutch of twentysomething friends through one night at a ‘once in a lifetime party’ that turns ugly upon the arrival of an unexpected guest. Jefferson Brown (G-Spot), Lenny Panzer (DC 9:11) and Marcello Cabezas (G-Spot) star. Exec producer Kelsey Matheson drummed up a shooting budget of $3,000. The total might hit $15,000 after post, he says, after which he’ll hit the festivals.

The project is shopping for an editor while Austin chases his next project, Don’t You Forget About Me, a feature documentary that compares the teen movies of the ’80s and ’90s. It favors the latter.

‘The doc is focusing on how Hollywood is making films about teenagers, for teenagers, that teenagers can’t relate to,’ he says. ‘They can’t relate to Freddy Prinze Jr.

‘Molly Ringwald was a huge star,’ back in the day, he notes, ‘but by today’s standards she’s not a knockout.’

Confirmed appearances so far include Ilan Mitchell-Smith (Weird Science), Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club), Roger Ebert and the band Simple Minds. Don’t You Forget About Me is produced by Kari Hollend, Michael Facciolo and Panzer, and exec produceded by Michael Baker.