The shire as a movie mu­si­cal

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

MOSS­MAN High School stu­dents have crossed the clas­sic star­crossed love theme of Romeo and Juliet with some of their lo­cal ge­og­ra­phy to come up with a movie mu­si­cal of their own.

On Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 27 the In­door Sports Cen­tre will be the venue for the red-car­pet pre­miere of the full-length movie mu­si­cal Di­vided, which the stu­dents have been work­ing on for a year.

Be­gin­ning with the cre­ation of an orig­i­nal screen­play, stu­dents then had the task of mak­ing the ac­tual movie. As they are now well aware, this was a mas­sive and ar­du­ous un­der­tak­ing.

‘‘Each year at Moss­man High we present an event to show case the artis­tic abilites of the stu­dents at our school,’’ said drama teacher Ni­cole Carn­aby. ‘‘This year the stu­dents have un­der­taken an am­bitous project to write, pro­duce and act in a movie mu­si­cal.

‘‘This is the first time any school in the re­gion has un­der­taken a project of this na­ture and, there­fore, it is an im­por­tant and in­ter­est­ing event for the gen­eral pub­lic.’’

The re­sult of all the ef­fort is a ful­l­length, pol­ished movie.

It tells the tale of a pair of star­crossed lovers, their love thwarted by their feuding fam­ily and friends. This isn’t just the same old love story, though. In Di­vided we wit­ness the drama that un­folds in the small ru­ral Shire of Dou­glas. From the the feuding Port and Jul­loy gangs; the lovers them­selves, Sa­man­tha and Sebastian to the fam­i­lies that started it all, the Mul­loys and the Dou­glases, this movie is a must for all in the Shire.

Lead­ing ac­tress Stephanie Byrne plays Sa­man­tha Dou­glas, who lives in Port Dou­glas and falls in love with a Ju­lat­ten lad, de­spite their feuding friends and fam­ily.

‘‘It was pretty cool be­ing on set, I felt like a movie star,’’ she said.

‘‘The best mo­ment was when they said ‘Cut!’ No, it was ac­tu­ally a fight scene be­tween Will and Jayden who is my boyfriend in the movie, they are both in love with me and it got pretty nasty but it was pretty fun.’’

Wil­liam Ben­dle, who plays Kyle Bueller, in­spired by Fer­ris Bueller’s Day Off, said it was fun do­ing the fight­ing scene and he did not lose any friends even though it seemed real.

‘‘The guy I am fight­ing with, in real life I am re­ally good friends, so when they said ‘Cut’ we hugged it out and apol­o­gised,’’ he said.

‘‘It feels re­ally good to do some­thing this big, we are the first school in Aus­tralia to do a movie mu­si­cal that we know of. But it was also pretty gru­elling, it took about five months to get it fin­ished and filmed.’’

Doors open at the red-car­pet pre­miere at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

There will be all the usual movie nib­bles and drinks avail­able for pur­chase at the event. Tick­ets are avail­able on the night at the door and are $5 for stu­dents/con­ces­sion and $10 for adults.

Tick­ets are al­ready on sale for this unique and ex­cit­ing pre­miere.

Fur­ther in­quiries to the of­fice at Moss­man High School or call 4084 1333.

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