Hi crew, just returned from the pleasure of my first Dungog Film Festival. What a great event. Dungog is a very pretty town 3 hours north of Sydney on the edge of the Barrington Tops forest. It’s high country and very pretty but the vibe was terrific as classic Aussie films were screened along with new films and there were master classes and readings: including one for my screenplay. It is currently titled SISTER SISTER but we are thinking of changing it back to the original title DIRTY GIRLS. Anybody out there have a preference?
The screenplay is about two teenage twin girls who need to somehow get out of their dysfunctional relationship to move on. The feedback from the reading was terrific. I was able to listen and pick up a couple of areas that could be improved but for me the really encouraging thing was that the audience got the humour in what is at times a grungy kind of film. It is a tough film, even harrowing in parts but Andrew Lewis (director) and I have always insisted it is not bleak, so good to be proved right by those that count. We were very fortunate to have top actors reading the scrip including the gorgeous Jessica McNamee and Augusta Miller, the sexy Kelly Butler, Jacek Koman who brought an international quality and Dustin Clare who was stopped in the street by every second woman looking for an autograph.
Dustin recently played Chris Flannery in Underbelly Tale of Two Cities and Jessica is a regular in the fabulous Packed to the Rafters. I’ve been fortunate to write for her in that show too and it was a privelege to have actors of this quality in the read. Dustin and Jacek will be in the film if we get it up. Because of the reading and the planning for it I didn’t get a chance to see many films this year but I did catch The View From Greenhaven, the project Greenlight Film made this year. It is a delightful film with a lot of warmth and humour and the crowd loved it. I’ll be in Dungog next year if I can. Great fun and highly recommended.