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.
Shepparton Christian College Year 9 student Aimee Stanyer had a personal motivation to start fundraising for Ronald McDonald House.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
LBU win through to fifth consecutive grand final, Eagles fly into MFL semi while Weeks bags 14 in GVFL
Julie Sands and Sheridan Clark have been kept busy, visiting Rochester recently yo dispense free coats to residents.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram supermarket seeks $10 million expansion, increasing by about a third into adjacent car park area.
Public interest to determine Deniliquin Town Hall refurbishment.
Milk co-operative, Murray Goulburn has posted a record financial result, recording an after tax profit of $29 million.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.