A Sydney Tropfest film project will be based on Dookie.JOHN LEWIS August 17, 2013 5:07am
A chance visit to Dookie during its scarecrow competition this year has sparked a Sydney Tropfest film project based on the town.
Melbourne filmmaker Justin Evans said he was visiting the Goulburn Valley with his partner Zara in February when he noticed a sign to Dookie.
‘‘I thought it was an interesting name, so we we turned off the main road and found this town with nobody there except a whole heap of scarecrows. It was so weird. I was blown away,’’ Mr Evans said.
From there, he developed a short film script based on a father and son who are the sole inhabitants of a fictitious country town.
They try to boost the town’s population by opening up a closed railway line.
Mr Evans said the railway scene would be filmed at another location.
He has recruited Kath and Kim actor Peter Rowsthorn to star in the short comedy alongside young actor Khye Skoda, stepson of actor Samuel Johnson.
He said a volunteer crew from Melbourne would shoot the film, titled Welcome to Dookie.
He said Dookie residents and businesses, including Tallis Wines, The Gladstone Hotel and Wilma’s B&B, had been extremely supportive of the project.
‘‘I see Dookie as a real creative hub. It’s a beautiful little town and the people are so friendly and welcoming,’’ he said.
Filming is scheduled to take place from September 24 to 26.
Mr Evans said the film had a targeted budget of $8000 and a crowd-funding website at Pozible.com, which he encouraged people to support.
Mr Evans said he would enter the comedy into this year’s Sydney Tropfest film festival in December.
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