Friday 19 June 2015
Bega Valley Shire Council has demonstrated it respect and support for Young Indigenous filmmaker Gary Lonesborough through a grant of $500 towards his latest project.
Mr Lonesborough, a former Bega High School student and joint Bega Valley Shire Young Citizen of the Year in 2014, is studying for an Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media at the Sydney Film School.
A short film that he produced last year won him an award for best editor and best sound and is currently being shown at the Florida Short Film Festival.
Mr Lonesborough embarked on a crowdfunding campaign to assist with his Sydney Film School project, ‘The Children’, which he intends to film in and around the Shire at the end of this month.
Council was alerted to his campaign and voted unanimously to contribute $500 from the Community Partnership Fund to his project – enabling him to pass his funding goal of $2000.
The funds will assist with travel, catering and accommodation costs for his cast and crew.
Mr Lonesborough describes ‘The Children’ as “a post-apocalyptic survival film. It is about an Aboriginal girl named Laura who is travelling through barren, isolated countryside of NSW with her younger brother, Jacob.
“The setting is that due to the immense pollution, the earth can no longer produce fruit and vegetables, causing the majority of the population to die,” he said.
Council’s General Manager, Leanne Barnes, told Councillors that the shooting for the film will be over four days and will generate activity back into the local economy through accommodation, catering and other incidentals.
“A preliminary visit by the cast and crew of the short film has been reported to us as extremely positive, and that it has the potential to lay the foundations for future film opportunities,” she said.
“An offer of having the Bega Valley Shire Council listed in the credits and a copy of the short film for Council’s libraries has been offered in return for the support.
”By providing support to individuals and organisations to achieve outcomes for the local community, we are working towards achieving the objectives of our Community Strategic Plan,” Ms Barnes said.