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Indie Crowd-Funded Comedy Set To Premiere At The Sydney Film Festival

Evicted! A Modern Romance is the brand new and very topical Aussie indie comedy about the trials and tribulations of looking for a house to rent in Sydney – sound relatable? It sure is!

Following a tough few years for the arts community, emerging Sydney filmmakers Rowan Devereux and Sophie Saville are proud to announce their latest work and first feature film, ‘Evicted! A Modern Romance’ will be premiering at Sydney Film Festival in June.

The feature debut of regular collaborators Rowan Devereux and Sophie Saville, starring Amanda Maple Brown, Will Suen, Rose Haining, and Clare Cavanagh, Evicted! A Modern Romance casts an amusing yet critical millennial eye over the job and housing market. Devereux and Saville used the first lockdown in 2020 to begin development and pre-production on the feature film. The film was fully financed through private investment and a crowd-funding campaign using the Australian Cultural Fund, at the end of 2020. Filming began in early 2021 while COVID restrictions were in full swing. This is a truly Sydney-centric, homegrown film, with everything shot in and around the city’s inner west and all cast and crew sourced from the vibrant Sydney filmmaking community.

Evicted follow’s four housemates on the verge of eviction as they trawl Sydney’s fraught rental market in search of a new place to call home. With an impending eviction hanging over their heads, freshly unemployed Maggie, gig-economy worker Will, and feuding couple Isabelle and May embark on a seemingly futile hunt for an affordable share house. Along the way, they encounter kitchen toilets, one-way attics, and an alleged haunted house. As Will forms an unlikely friendship with a war veteran, Isabelle hits it off with her local barista, and endless mishaps, coincidences, and hook-ups gone wrong are abound.

The film will be showing at the Sydney Film Festival on the 16th and 18th of June 2022; visit for full details. To keep up to date with the film, visit Check out the trailer below.

Evicted! A Modern Romance – Trailer 01 – (The Great Divide) from The Story Mill on Vimeo.

INSPIRE ME! – Short Documentary (Screenability Program)
Director: Sophie Saville
Writer: Madeleine Stewart
Producer: Rowan Devereux

Devereux and Saville collaborated with award-winning comedian Madeleine Stewart on a short comedic documentary called Inspire me! which is also set to premiere at the festival as part of the screenability program. Written by and starring Madeleine Stewart the film explores the phenomenon of “inspiration porn” as we follow Madeleine on a journey to become the most inspirational person ever! The film features Paralympians Ellie Cole, Johnathan Goerlach, and disability activist Hannah Diviney. The film will be showing at the Sydney Film Festival on the 9th and 12th of June 2022; visit

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