Pearly White Productions Pty Ltd | Jeremy Kewley

Pearly White Productions Pty Ltd

In 1985, Jeremy Kewley met Don Percy.

Percy (right), in his final year at the Swinburne Film and Television School, had seen Kewley performing burlesque-style comedy on stage and cast him in his graduating film THE RUSTY SPRINGS SUMMER SONGBOOK. 

After Percy graduated from Swinburne (winning the Kodak Award for BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY), they decided to go into business together and form a production company – Kewley was keen to produce and Percy  ready to direct!

In 1986, they formed PEARLY WHITE PRODUCTIONS PTY LTD (an amalgam of the names PERcy and KewLEY).

Their first short film THE LAKE was voted Best Film in‘Australia’s Ten Best on Eight” in 1987.

Their second collaboration THE SKATEBOARD SAGA went on to win a swag of awards – including the 1987 Film Victoria Trophy and Best Film at the 1987 Melbourne International Film Festival and put them in the spotlight.

After returning from a successful trip to New York, Los Angeles and the 1987 Cannes Film Festival, (where THE SKATEBOARD SAGA was picked up for distribution by New World Pictures), work started coming in from Record Companies (including EMI) and Advertising Agencies in the form of music videos, corporate films and television commercials.

PEARLY WHITE also began writing and producing corporate/training films and documentaries for clients including The Australian Red Cross, BP, The Australian Early Childhood Association, Lockwood, Tattersalls, The ANZ Bank, Astrolight, Volgren and Tampax.

In the 90’s, PEARLY WHITE focused most of their attention on producing high quality television commercials.

Their services were in demand from many of Australia’s leading advertising agencies, particularly for the production of commercials with a comic flavour and a strong sense of storytelling and bright visual appeal.  To date, they have produced over 170 commercials for clients as diverse as Telecom MobileNet, Telstra, 7 Eleven, PhysiCAL Milk, Breaka Milk, Rothschild Bank, Bendigo Building Society, Hume Building Society, Croner Toys, Janome Sewing Machines, Hitachi, Holden Dealers, Pilot Pens, Capt’n Snooze, Lockwood, BIC and Mitre 10.

Shooting predominantly on 35mm film, they have worked with many of Victoria’s finest cinematographers including Mark Hayward, John Wheeler, Geoff Hall (“Red Dog”), Nino Martinetti (1994 AFI Award Winner for Best Cinematography) and Ellery Ryan (1995 AFI Award Winner for Best Cinematography).

FUNNY BY GEORGE: THE GEORGE WALLACE STORY for ABC-TV, a documentary that detailed the life and times of George Wallace – Australia’s great vaudeville performer and first comedy “movie star”. The critically acclaimed documentary was released on DVD by Roadshow.

In 2001 Kewley researched, co-wrote and produced the television special YOUNG TALENT TIME TELLS ALL – which went on to become one of the highest rating Network Ten programs of the year.

In 2003 he produced a three hour “special edition” of YOUNG TALENT TIME highlights – released on DVD by Universal Pictures as YOUNG TALENT TIME: THE COLLECTION.

As a Writer and Producer Jeremy Kewley has also been responsible for seventeen long-running stage shows.

In 2012 Don Percy released his debut short feature film INANIMATE OBJECTS on DVD and in December 2013 he won second place at TROPFEST with his very impressive film MAKEOVER.

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