Kellyville filmmaker debuts at international film festivals

PUPPETS: Chris Buckingham, of Kellyville, has created his own comedy web series which features a cast of 12 puppets, which he sewed by hand. Picture: Simon Bennett

PUPPETS: Chris Buckingham, of Kellyville, has created his own comedy web series which features a cast of 12 puppets, which he sewed by hand. Picture: Simon Bennett

Chris Buckingham may have taken too much inspiration from the term “break a leg”.

In fact, the Kellyville resident created his debut web series while stuck indoors recovering from a broken leg. 

“For me, beginning this project was about skipping over some of the harder parts of having a broken leg,” Mr Buckingham said. 

“It was as much my own kind of therapy as it was creative expression.”

Since its launch, Agoro the Phobic Monster - revolving around a reclusive, shut-in monster - has moved from obscurity to accolade. 

The web series, which uses puppets, has already collected a number of nominations and wins for its mix of animation, puppetry and visual effects including best animation at the Web Series and Short Film Competition.​

Now it will cross the globe with nominations at the New Zealand Webfest and the Rio Web Fest next month.

Mr Buckingham said it was very gratifying to be acknowledged by filmmakers and audiences. 

”It’s really great. I am just a guy who made a web series on a budget with some friends and family,” Mr Buckingham said.

Agoro the Phobic Monster is centred around the life of the pseudo-celebrity agoraphobic monster as he replies to emails from Family, friends and fans. 

The adorable monster puppet is joined by a cast of characters both lovable and loathable.

With a background in film production and events, Mr Buckingham said he had always wanted to produce his own creation. 

“The idea was to speak to the web audience,” Mr Buckingham said.  “I was thinking about the element of people comfortable in their own isolation and that’s kind of where a bit of the story came from.”

The series was conceived, written, shot and edited entirely in one room in Kellyville by Mr Buckingham. 

He was helped by professional performance artist Martin Buckingham and cinematographer Bryan Coelho.

“Making the series was a massive challenge and the payoff – just as big. But of course, this is just the first step,” Mr Buckingham said. 

“I’m really looking forward to what comes next.”

  • Details: agorothephobicmonster.com.
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