Granny

Donny loved his Granny and Granny loved her Donny, until one stormy night when it all changed. After making a huge mistake things get violent and Donny soon finds himself fleeing for his life with Granny in hot pursuit.

Director’s Vision

When Dean (co-writer) and I used to work together as cinema projectionists we became obsessed with the little known Ozploitation period of Australian cinema (from the late 60’s through mid 80’s). The country was pumping out these low budget, high-octane films by the bucketload and exporting them direct to the international drive-ins. For homework I suggest Mark Harley’s ‘Not Quite Hollywood’, Granny wouldn’t exist without it. Some incredible films came out of this period, truly awesome stuff, and it felt like a crime to us that this golden-era was so easily forgotten – that our exploitation past was treated as a dirty little secret. We started to pitch each other ideas – big, bloody, silly and explosive ideas – films we thought could have been made during this period; bikie werewolves, gun toting priests, and an axe wielding granny.

With Granny, we set out to make a film that was fun for fun’s sake. That was a celebration of a golden era of Australian films long past but whose spirit, we believed, was not dead. It had a little bit of Mad Max in it – we wanted it to feel like a car chase, with the pedal to the metal beginning to end. I’m a big believer that films can change the world, but some of the films I love most are just setting out to make your day, so I think that can be enough. If you’re watching Granny and you’re having a good time, then we’ve done our job. That Granny is getting released today, in 2020, feels just right. I think we could all do with a laugh.