Cheeky pitch to Chinese film backers
Chinese investors are unlikely to encounter a cheekier business proposal than Callan Durlik’s at next week’s trade and investment forum in China.
The budding filmmaker will fly to China to attend the Pilbara Regional Council’s EASTxWEST Forum, running in Shenzhen from April 11 to 13, in the hope of convincing Chinese investors to fund his movie, The Naked Wanderer.
The film follows a man’s adventures after he loses his job and girlfriend and decides to throw caution to the wind by walking from Margaret River to Kununurra to raise money for charity.
Yet there is a comedy catch: the man plans to walk naked.
“Everyone keeps asking me (if the story is autobiographical) and unfortunately — or fortunately for everyone else — there is no truth to this,” Durlik said.
“I had the idea … because everyone is getting more daring with their charity challenges nowadays.
“(And by doing) it all naked, it allows for a bit of comedy gold.”
But why film in the Pilbara and why would Chinese investors be interested?
Durlik said he hit on the film’s idea while surrounded by beautiful outback landscapes during a Pilbara visit.
With the film’s script receiving rave reviews at WA’s Cinefest Oz film festival, he then approached the PRC, which acts on behalf of the Pilbara’s four local governments, for help to find a filming location in the region.
When the PRC put him in touch with Chinese landholders in the Pilbara, ideas of a stronger Chinese link began to snowball.
“The main love interest is a backpacker and she was originally written in as a Chinese character,” Durlik said.
“We are (now) hoping to have a few (more) Chinese characters in the film to make it more appealing to that market and hopefully get (it released) in China as well.”
WA filmmaker Callan Durlik hopes his comedy tale of a naked man and his romance with a Chinese backpacker can secure the interest of Chinese investors at the EASTxWEST Forum next week.