Region's landmarks feature in new independent film
HAVING spent a lot of time in the Bundaberg region over the years, first-time feature filmmaker Aaron Davison knew exactly where he wanted to set his first movie.
With its lush green canefields and secluded beaches, Davison said he wanted Bundaberg to feature as a character in his film Talking Back At Thunder.
"We wanted to capture the variety and limitlessness of the landscape," he said.
"I love the place and visit there a lot and think it is an underused landscape.
"We wanted to showcase its beauty."
Davison wrote, co-directed, co-produced and starred in the film which evolved from a conversation about suicide in regional areas.
"I was talking to my mate and we were wondering what causes the higher rate of suicide in rural areas," he said.
"It's basically about a bloke whose past comes back to haunt him.
"He has to deal with some trauma that he hasn't dealt with."
Davison and his co-producer Esté Heyns shot in Bundaberg late last year at some familiar landmarks with a number of locals featuring as extras.
"The shoot lasted about a week and a half," Davison said.
"We shot some exteriors outside The Young Australian Hotel, the CBD, Kinkuna National Park, Woodgate and Rosedale," he said.
With post-production completed, Davison said he hoped to take the film to film festivals around the world.
"We are very happy and proud of what we have achieved," he said.
Davison said he would endeavour to have the film screened in Bundaberg in the future.
"That would be fantastic," he said.
For more information and to watch the film's trailer, visit www.talkingbackatthunder.com.