There was a touch of silver screen glamour in the paddocks of Colbinabbin when filmmaker Rodd Rathjen brought veteran actor Colin Friels to his home town to shoot a short film.ELAINE COONEY May 14, 2014 3:10am
Colbinabbin-born filmmaker Rodd Rathjen returned to his home town to shoot his latest film Sweat.
The 10-minute short film shot on the paddocks of Colbinabbin stars Colin Friels and is hoped to hit film festivals next year.
Mr Rathjen said the film was about straw baling and the loss of physicality in modern day farming.
He was unsure when he first came up with the idea but it was a topic close to his heart. Even though he left Colbinabbin 10 years ago, he enjoys spending summers baling hay with his family.
The production received a $70,000 grant from Screen Australia.
He said the organisation liked to support and encourage up-and-coming rural filmmakers.
Mr Rathjen said while the sum seemed like a lot, 12 crew members had to be paid.
Sweat was filmed over four days.
Mr Rathjen showed another of his films, Tau Seru at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
Since then it has been shown at 40 international film festivals and he has travelled to screenings in Russia, Berlin and the United States.
He won the best Australian short film at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August.
‘‘Just getting it out there at the film festivals is the best response you can get,’’ he said.
Mr Rathjen said having films shown was fiercely competitive.
He is in the early stages of writing a feature film set in India and is trying to become involved in a Colombian feature film.
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