Hammer Bay

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Hammer Bay
Hammer Bay film poster
Directed by Ben Briand
Produced by Pip Smart
Christopher Sharp
Written by Ben Briand
Andrew Liversidge
Starring Jacki Weaver,
Guy Edmonds
Penny McNamee
Jessica McNamee
Ben Briand
Nathanial Dean
Sam Smith
Edward Woodley
Andrew Sharp
Amy Mizzi
Rupert Noffs
Anne Looby
Nash Edgerton
David Michôd
Music by Basil Hogios
Cinematography Hugh Miller
Ben Briand
Edited by Katie Flaxman
Ben Briand
Running time
50 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

Hammer Bay is a 2007 Australian short film written and directed by Ben Briand. The film's unconventional structure is part narrative and part free form documentary. The ensemble cast includes Jacki Weaver, Guy Edmonds, Ben Briand and Amy Mizzi.


When a documentary crew arrive one morning asking questions about the recent violent beachside murder of Amanda Blakely, teen beauty and drama pet, a captivating study into the minds and psyche of the sleepy town unfolds. The lines between the observant film crew, interview participants and police begin to blur, as family members, friends and strangers all start to demonstrate one common thread, everyone is hiding something.


After submitting a largely improvised 3 min pilot for the inaugural Optus ONE80PROJECT competition, it was awarded the People's Choice Award on 28 January 2007. In a joint venture with MTV Australia, Sony Ericsson and Optus, the festival was the first round of the initiative designed to expose the talent of standout new directors, writers and producers. Judges for the competition that year were Abbie Cornish, Neil Armfield, Alice Bell, Nash Edgerton and Joel Edgerton.

The 50 minute film was produced through Cherub Pictures.

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