Cheeky pitch to Chi­nese film back­ers

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Business - Ben Leahy

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.”

Pic­ture: Cal­lan Dur­lik

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.

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