Staple Fiction is a Sydney based independent production company, pushing for the unfamiliar to be told in extraordinary and cinematic ways. We collaborate with directors, writers and artists on film and television projects, across documentary and drama. We have had projects commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and SBS, and drama and factual projects financed by Screen NSW and Screen Australia.
Staple Fiction’s short films have screened at internationally acclaimed film festivals including Palm Springs, Melbourne International Film Festival, Cinequest, Flickerfest and Sydney Film Festival. Our work has screened on ABC Television, SBS and the ABC streaming platform iView. Wolf, a short film produced by Bethany Bruce as part of the Screen NSW Emerging Filmmakers fund, was nominated in the AACTA #socialshorts drama category in 2017.
Staple Fiction recently produced the arts series Video Becomes Us for ABC iView with director Kate Blackmore, and is in development on the Screen Australia supported feature documentary An Authentic Performance, also with director Kate Blackmore, about the unusual job of a Hollywood intimacy coordinator.
Bethany Bruce is a producer whose key interest is telling stories from the feminine viewpoint. Her last five productions were helmed by female directors including Video Becomes Us (2018) and The Glass Bedroom (2016) with director Kate Blackmore for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She produced the short film Tinseltown with director Corrie Chen which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival, and Wolf, with director Liz Cooper financed by the Screen NSW Emerging Filmmakers Fund. She was executive producer on Shelly Lauman’s short drama Birdie which was acquired by Fox Searchlight and had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018.
Bethany was mentored by acclaimed producer Bridget Ikin (Sherpa, An Angel at My Table, Look Both Ways) as part of Screen Australia’s Enterprise People funding in production roles on the BAFTA nominated Sherpa directed by Jennifer Peedom and The Rehearsal directed by Alison Maclean.
Bethany has experience across the lifecycle of long form and feature film projects in development, financing, contracting, production, post-production and distribution.
Founding Partner - Jessica Cribb
Jess has held senior producer positions for Australia's leading networks and production companies including Endemol Shine, Fremantle Media, Nine Entertainment, ITV and Cordell Jigsaw Zapruders. As partner and producer of Staple Fiction, Jess advises on editorial, finance and business affairs on the company slate. Jess associate produced SUICIDE AND ME, which aired on ABC2 as part of the Opening Shots program. It was the #1 trending topic on Twitter, in Australia the night it aired with the trailer trending #1 globally on Reddit.