Armed with a strong visual aesthetic and a keen eye for talent for dramatic comedy, we’re thrilled to welcome Luke Eve to the Melbourne WebFest Advisory Board.
Eve is a graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Soon after, he established his own production company, More Sauce – going on to direct a number of short films including multi-award winner Cockroach, and Australian Summer, winner of Tropfest 2005.
In 2010, Eve began directing television such as Dave in The Life, SEX: An Unnatural History and the landmark documentary series Great Southern Land which landed him an ADG nomination for best direction in a documentary TV series. In 2014 Eve created, produced and directed the online series, Low Life: A Black Comedy About Depression. It went on to win over 25 major festival awards and was sold to Amazon Prime and CanalPlay. In 2017 he completed directing and producing the follow-up series High Life, which was executive produced by Stephen Fry and stars Odessa Young with music by Sarah Blasko. The series has won over 30 major awards, including Best Digital Original at C21 Content London, and was also nominated for an AACTA Award. It took out the Web Series World Cup for 2017 for being the most awarded and successful web series of the year. The series has sold to BBC3, Channel 9, CanalPlay and Fullscreen.
Eve has just completed production on his first feature film, I Met A Girl, starring Brenton Thwaites and Lily Sullivan, which is scheduled for release in 2020 through AMP Worldwide. Making the most of the COVID-19 restrictions, Eve released new online series Cancelled, filmed entirely in lockdown in Spain. Funded by Screen Australia in association with UN3, the heartfelt 10-part series tells the true story of Eve’s emotional turmoil after having to cancel his wedding and take immediate lockdown with fiancé Maria Albiñana and his mother.
Eve describes the term web series as problematic, with the amount of online content readily available and accessible for viewers to consume.
“I think with the introduction of 5G and steaming giants infiltrating our computers, smart TV’s and smart phones content in some ways will no longer be classified as a movie, or a TV series or a web series,” says Eve.
“It will be up to the audience as to how we want to consume or watch it. Want to watch a movie in segments over eight days or a TV series in one go or a web series in small chunks. No worries. We choose. And that’s what technology is all about. Choice. And that’s what it is ultimately providing the entertainment industry as well. We now have a choice of how and when we watch any sort of format we like.”