Wintergarden Pictures is a Sydney-based, independent film company established in 2017 by Rosie Braye, Joshua Longhurst and Tim Spencer. The company formalises creative working relationships that have been developed over many years. Rosie and Joshua met in 2013 during Sydney Film Festival’s professional development program, where Joshua’s short film, Ravage, screened as part of the Dendy Short Film Awards and where Rosie served on the pre-selection committee. Tim and Joshua first worked together on the short film, Oasis, which screened in multiple film festivals domestically and internationally.
The team is dedicated to creating engaging and innovative stories for screen, with a focus on LGBTQIA+ characters and issues. Wintergarden Pictures’ first project, Cherry Season, is a short film set in Young, NSW following a day in the life of a withdrawn young lesbian confronting prejudice in her country town as she attempts to track down her wayward teenage sister with the help of a callow workmate.
Upcoming projects include Ding Dong I’m Gay, a multi-platform comedy series exploring the surreal world of contemporary gay relationships and Wilco, a short film set in 1942 about a gay man with a mobility disability who must learn how to survive when his carer and secret lover is conscripted to World War II.
Wintergarden Pictures was named after the Central Coast picture show that Tim’s great-grandparents owned and where his grandmother watched the old classics during the 1920s.