This is the site of Fernby Films, a South Australian film production & review site founded by brothers Warwick & Rodney Twelftree.
Rodney directed his first film in 1992, a school project entitled “Aliens 4”, shot with a camera utilizing VHS tapes, and edited on a primitive VHS-to-VHS tape deck arrangement. Scarred by this for years, Rodney finally got over his fear of making movies when he purchased a digital camera in 2000, in order to make a film project about golf. Things got in the way, and prevented that project from seeing the light of day, however both Rodney and his brother Warwick formed their own film company, Fernby Films, in order to continue making their projects.
Warwick’s first major film project was Hello Annabel, an hour long film saying “hello” to a family friend from England.
It was the success of this project, and the continued rise of their ability with projects for various organizations, that made the brothers pursue this hobby with interest.
Key to the success of Fernby Films is the cornerstone of the studio’s output, Thrash Bus, and it’s sequel Thrash Bus 2: Clone of the Thrash Bus. The sequel quickly became the studios signature piece when it premiered in February of 2007.
Fernby Films association with production partner Grey Phoenix Productions began in 2005, with Michael and Rodney being introduced by a mutual friend. The two had a keen interest in film-making, and Rodney asked Michael to assist on a key filming shoot for Thrash Bus 2 in 2005.
Following this successful foray together, the two began production work on Schoolyard Justice. SYJ was released in 2008 on the world wide web.
fernbyfilms.com appeared online late in 2007, initially as a repository for Rodney’s thoughts and photos, generalized comments about life, the universe and everything. Following a trip to Europe in 2008, Rodney decided to focus the website on film reviews and as a platform to promote Fernby Films productions where applicable.
In 2008, Rodney also began to invite more people to help write reviews on the site. Including James Ward, Greg Bowden, and Mick Kubler, the site expanded to incorporate almost all kinds of review for films and TV. The website also became home to the cutest furry member of the fernbyfilms.com family, the Secret Squirrel. While no doubt a squirrel has different opinions on human films, it was decided to allow the four legged fur-ball to contribute on a weekly basis regardless.
In May of ’09, Rodney and wife Lisa had their first child, Mikayla. Work on fernbyfilms.com slowed considerably at this time, and we also felt the loss of regular writer Doug Shearer due to personal reasons, and the Secret Squirrel also departed to expand his/her family.
In 2009 Rodney began to scribe reviews and articles for US based website, moviesmackdown.com, for Bryce Zabel. He also contributes Top Ten lists for Dan over at Top Ten Films. In 2010, Rodney wrote a number of articles for friend Al K Hall, at The Bar None, while Al was on leave due to personal reasons. Rodney has also written for the now-defunct Front Room Cinema, and occasionally provides content for blog-a-thons across the webisphere.
2010 saw a restructure of the work going on at fernbyfilms.com, as the pressure of daily postings began to take its toll. In November, it was announced that the site would be overhauled to remove much of the extraneous material pulling readers away from the site’s core focus: film reviews. Since that time, production on video projects has ceased, and the site is solely focused on reviewing films released in theaters and on DVD/BluRay.
In April of 2012, Rodney & Lisa welcomed a new arrival into the family, a baby boy – Bastian – as well as the beginnings of yet another major revamp to the site, a new logo and site-wide formatting to take place in January 2013.
2015 saw the most significant change to fernbyfilms.com yet. On May 26th, to celebrate the impending publication of the site’s 1000th film review, the entire site was upgraded to a new look, and a new logo, to bring it into the 21st century. While the previous site’s theme had been clunky and hard to manipulate, a new theme and intuitive design gave the site a lean, calming, fresh lick of paint.
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