24 Feb 2017

THIS WEEKEND: Local producer makes Flickerfest debut

A former Toowoomba producer will debut her most recent short film, The Boggabilla Bus at the Empire Theatre’s  outdoor film festival Flickerfest this Friday and Saturday.

Now in it’s 26th year, Flickerfest International Short Film Festival is Australia’s leading Academy accredited and BAFTA recognised competitive short film festival.

Flickerfest programs, Short Laughs Comedy and Best of Australian Shorts will screen across two nights next weekend, with films hand-picked from the 26th annual Flickerfest’s 2400 entries, including The Boggabilla Bus.

Filmed in the Toowoomba region, The Boggabilla Bus is set in 1960s rural Australia, following ten-year-old Oscar in an offbeat tale of how a quiet kid from the bush finds his story.

Producer Samantha Laidlaw, a former Centenary Heights State School student, has spent the past seven years working extensively with the world’s best producers, directors and talent across blockbuster features including The Shallows, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Unbroken and San Andreas.

The Boggabilla Bus was initially inspired by an ABC Radio National story I happen to catch while driving along the back roads of rural Northern NSW; I listened as individuals from a small community town called Piallaway shared memories and stories of many a bumpy bus trip,” she said.

The Boggabilla Bus is the first project I’ve developed from an idea rather than acquired as a script and to me it showcases all the elements that I’m looking for in any successful film – interesting characters, a strong storyline and a personalised reflection of our unique humanity.

“Comedy, action & real heart leap through the screen, taking you on a journey that will have you nostalgic for your own childhood.”

Comedian Damien Power kicks off Flickerfest with the Short Laughs Comedy films on Friday night; live music will be performed prior to The Best of Australian Shorts on Saturday night after gates open for both screenings from 6.30pm.

So bring your picnic rug and enjoy onsite bar and food trucks for a night of Australian film under the stars.

For a full program of films or to book tickets visit empiretheatre.com.au, call 1300 655 299 or visit the box office at 54 Neil Street.