Far west to gain festival exposure
Wednesday, 16th May, 2018
By Myles Burt
A film which was shot in Broken Hill has been selected for this year’s program in the Sydney Film Festival.
Director Ven Gia filmed LOVELUST, the story of a fly-in fly-out mine worker who decides to drive across Australia to confront the woman he believes is going to leave him, soon finding himself isolated and stranded in the unforgiving Australian outback after his car breaks down.
Mr Gia said Broken Hill was the perfect location with great facilities.
The Sydney Film Festival is an internationally-renowned event and a qualifying event for selection at the Academy Awards.
“Being selected amongst the shorts that were picked for that was amazing,” he said.
“That was my goal, setting out to get into a festival like Sydney, so I’ve already achieved what I wanted to do with the film.”
Mr Gia said everyone who has seen the trailer or the film so far has commented on how beautiful the location is for filming.
“I think everyone kind of said it was one of those moments in their career, even if they’ve worked on a lot more things than I had. It was just so beautiful.”
Two locals - John MacLeod and Jane Denning - acted in scenes and helped the crew.
“They were amazing, I couldn’t have done it without them,” said Mr Gia.
Some of the crew had already been to Broken Hill where they helped film the new Wake in Fright series.
Lead actor Tysan Towney had also been to the Silver City after filming scenes for The Leftovers.
Mr Gia said he’d definitely come back if another film opportunity presented itself.
“If I was ever going to film anything in regional Australia again that would be the first place I’d go,” he said.
“The support from the local council and from people like Jason (King) was incredible.”