Shalom Almond - Producer / Writer / Director
Shalom is a passionate independent filmmaker whose documentaries follow memorable characters on transformative journeys and grant unique access inside closed worlds. In addition to writing, directing and producing, she shoots most of her own films, resulting in close, direct relationships with her subjects and their environments.
Shalom’s most recent documentary titled Prisoners and Pups follows the story of five prisoners from the Adelaide Womens Prison who sign up to foster retired greyhounds. The film premiered to a sold out audience at the Adelaide Film Festival and was broadcast on ABC2 in November 2017.
Shalom’s previous doco My Long Neck (2014) is the story of a young ‘long-neck’ woman who takes up a camera to film her life of exploitation in a Thai tourist village - and eventually rebels against it. 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.