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"One Baby, Please"
Comedy Pilot Teaser 
produced by the National Screen Institute's
Series Incubator Program
Created and Written by 
Mostafa Shaker
Directed by
Polly Pierce

"One Baby, Please" will be an 8-episode half hour comedy series that centres on Omar and Dieon. They're an interacial gay couple living in Vancouver, Canada and they want to have a baby. The only hiccups are their opposing cultural values (Egyptian and Bajan), their families, their friends and the bureaucracy and technicalities that surrounds the process itself!

We will be shooting the teaser for the pilot at the end of July 2022 to contribute to our pitch package for development. 

Stills by Les Puchala

Women in Film and Television - Excellence in Craft:
Polly Pierce
in conversation with
Jane Castle

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In this seventh episode of Excellence in Craft, legendary Australian cinematographer turned director, Jane Castle will be in conversation with Australian/Canadian cinematographer /director, Polly Pierce. They will be sharing their transitions from the technical role of cinematography into directing. Then delving into Jane's latest film "When the Camera Stopped Rolling" exploring topics around family/domestic violence and its impact on mental health and career paths. Please be aware that some of the topics covered in the talk might be triggering and we have therefore posted useful resources below.

More about the speakers:

Jane is a multi-award winning filmmaker whose directing credits include Sixty Thousand Barrels and the short drama Roadside Café. She is also an award-winning cinematographer who has worked extensively between the US and Australia shooting feature films, documentaries, commercials and music videos for artists such as Prince, U2, Mary J Blige, Usher and INXS. In 1993 Jane became the second ever woman to be accredited by the Australian Cinematographer’s Society. From 2001 to 2011 Jane worked as an environmental campaigner for Total Environment Centre and Greenpeace. Her first feature documentary, the AACTA Award nominated When the Camera Stopped Rolling was completed in 2021. Jane is currently in her final year of training as a somatic psychotherapist at the Hakomi Institute.

Polly Pierce is a Chinese/Caucasian filmmaker with Australian and Canadian citizenship. Her practice encompasses Directing, Writing, Producing and Cinematography. In 2021, she won the Best Female Filmmaker and Best Female Director awards for her short film "Wytch Craft" at the Arthouse Festival of Beverly Hills and Chicago Indie Film Awards and the Best Cinematography award for her work on the short film "Where Everyone Lives" at the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival.

Words taken from WIFT Australia

Press publications for the event: 

Screenhub Australia:

https://www.screenhub.com.au/news/news/polly-pierce-and-jane-castle-surviving-in-the-film-industry-2555524/

Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce:

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Inside Film - IF.com.au

https://if.com.au/event/wift-australia-excellence-in-craft-webinar-jane-castle-and-polly-pierce/

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In the Name of Love?

A Domestic Violence Survivor's Story

- Feature Length Documentary

Written and Directed by

Polly Pierce

The evening of October 23 2012 is one that would change Polly Harrison's life forever.

 

That evening, Polly's abusive fiancee, Mark-Alexander Hartwin, arrived home from his high-paying job at Pixar and unleashed the most ferocious of his regular violent outbursts against her; he confined her for 16 hours in their Vancouver apartment and stalked her within it's walls, screamed verbal abuse into her ears while physically restraining her and violently assaulted her by trying to suffocate her multiple times that evening while pinning her down to their bed and the floor and crushing her into the concrete walls of their apartment, all in an attempt to kill her.

Despite surviving this vicious attack, and summoning the courage to file assault and confinement charges against her abusive ex-partner, Polly's biggest challenge was yet to arrive in the shape of the unsympathetic and cold BC Crown Counsellor, Snover Bains, and the BC Judicial System. Although Hartwin plead guilty to these charges, Crown Counsellor Bains handed down only a $500 CAD fine and a Peace Bond/ Protection Order, with charges expunged after a one year period, as punishment for the brutal violence he inflicted upon Polly that night.

Was Polly Harrison's life, which she almost lost that fateful night, only worth $500? And why expunge the confinement and assault charges which Hartwin plead guilty to?

This feature length documentary will use Polly Harrison's experience of facing the BC Crown Counsel and Judicial System to question their judgement and similar limp handling of other Domestic Violence cases within the Province and ask what needs to be done to adequately provide justice to victims of Domestic Violence, so they are not also victims of the System. 

More information to come!

"Paldi"
10 part multiculural, period
Original Television Series
Story concept by: Raj Sangha and Polly Pierce
Producing Director: Polly Pierce

 

At the turn of the 20th century, an era of racism and class divides in British Columbia, Canada, one lumber mill town, founded by an industrious and visionary Sikh man, attempts to change that model and create a community inclusive to people of different backgrounds, races and religious beliefs.

 

Together, the townspeople share their cultures, experiences and setbacks with one another to create a harmonious community despite the climate of systemic racism and patriarchy from outside, rival lumber mill towns and the impending industrial revolution.

Central to its heart is the town's lumber mill and the trials of the immigrant Singh and Lai families.

 

This town is Paldi. 

Polly is currently workshopping this project at the Women in the Director's Chair Career Advancement Module - Fall 2021 intake.