THE SABA-ISTS: INTRODUCING KIDSOFBILL FILMMAKERS, HARRISON FRIEND AND SAM STEVENSON

Saturday 28th April, 2018

Comprised of creatives Harrison Friend and Sam Stevenson, get to know the dynamic Australian filmmaking duo – and our next featured SABA-ISTS’ – kidsofbill. We sat down and chatted to the best friends about where it all began, their approach to film and the driving forces behind their innate love for the industry.

Sam wears; Rowland Crew
Harrison wears; Carson Shirt

Operating under the pseudonym, kidsofbill, the pair first connected in 1997 at a prep school in their respective hometown of Brisbane. Equally captivated by the world of cinema, together they write, direct, shoot, edit and produce all of their own films.

Though having a particular flair for dark, melancholic visuals with an unapologetically raw and realistic tone, their directorial aesthetic is actually quite difficult to pigeonhole – much like the guys themselves. For kidsofbill, the intrigue is in pushing cinematic boundaries and developing impactful art that strikes an emotive cord within the viewer. The two are constantly striving to evolve and mature as filmmakers – a passion that’s rare and refreshing.

Though having a particular flair for dark, melancholic visuals with an unapologetically raw and realistic tone, their directorial aesthetic is actually quite difficult to pigeonhole – much like the guys themselves. For kidsofbill, the intrigue is in pushing cinematic boundaries and developing impactful art that strikes an emotive cord within the viewer. The two are constantly striving to evolve and mature as filmmakers – a passion that’s rare and refreshing.

Sam wears; Floyd Merino Jumper
Harrison wears; Jenkins Shirt

“It’s a great feeling when you can see your own forward momentum, learning from failures, becoming a more mature filmmaker and seeing each film get closer to perfection.”

When it comes to inspiration, the creative cinephiles are an open canvas – never pinpointing a specific source, rather, drawing from the unpredictability of the day to day.

“In the online era, we’re exposed to so much. It could be anything from a Criterion poster to an article in The New Yorker. It could be espionage books, old film trailers, sci-fi scores. We just watched The Danish National Symphony Orchestra perform the Blade Runner soundtrack on YouTube, we get a huge kick out of things like that.”

Sam wears; Rowland Crew & Fitzroy Jean
Harrison wears; Carson Shirt & Judd Pant

Sam wears; Rowland Crew & Fitzroy Jean
Harrison wears; Carson Shirt & Judd Pant

“In the online era, we’re exposed to so much. It could be anything from a Criterion poster to an article in The New Yorker. It could be espionage books, old film trailers, sci-fi scores. We just watched The Danish National Symphony Orchestra perform the Blade Runner soundtrack on YouTube, we get a huge kick out of things like that.”

Sam wears; Gordon Knit
Harrison wears; Wallace Shirt & Fitzroy Jean

It’s no surprise that Sydney’s brought forth a whirlwind of opportunities for kidsofbill. Undertaking various projects ranging from commercial work to fashion and short films, they continue to gain traction in the industry. The future is inherently bright for the Brisbane-native duo; and as for career progression, well that’s headed in one clear direction.

“We said at 21 we’d be making features. Then we said at 25 we’d be making features. We’re 26 now and the only thing we know for certain is that at some point in the future, we will be making features. Everything else is just a bonus.”

Photography by Mason Stevenson.
Mason and kidsofbill courtesy of Artboxblack.