Shalom Almond - Producer / Writer / Director
Shalom Almond is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Adelaide, South Australia, who is passionate about making character-driven, social issue films. Her films have tackled diverse issues from cultural exploitation to embryo genetic-testing to life behind bars. Shalom’s films have been broadcast on television and screened at film festivals in Australia and around the world.
Shalom is currently in post-production on a one-hour documentary titled Prisoners and Pups (2017) set in the Adelaide Women’s Prison for ABC2. The film follows five female prisoners who sign up to foster and re-train retired, racing greyhounds - and in turn find their own lives being transformed.
Shalom’s recent film My Long Neck (2014) followed the rebellion of a young “long-neck” woman being exploited in a Thai tourist village. The film premiered at DocWeek 2014 to a sell-out audience and has so far been broadcast in Croatia, South Africa, South Korea, the Middle East, Spain and Portugal.
Shalom spent four years making her first feature-length documentary film The Love Market (2009) following the journey of four hill-tribe girls growing up in the face of Vietnam’s growing tourism industry. The film won Best Feature Film at the 2009 SA Screen Awards, was nominated for Best Documentary and Best Director at the 2009 AFI Awards and won the Best Documentary and IF Audience Awards at the 2009 St Kilda Film Festival, to name a few. Other recent directing highlights include Love-Heart Baby (2012) for ABC2, Chasing Shadows (2010) for ABC ArtScape and ‘Strong in the City’ (2011) for NITV.
Shalom is currently in development on Kalahati Kid about Adelaide-based contemporary artist Aida Azin in her search for identity and belonging.