The shire as a movie musical
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.