Chalk­ing up suc­cess

Stirling Times - - News - Kate Leaver

TEEN drama se­ries Chalk gives an in­sight into the world of elite gym­nas­tics and its pre­miere has sold out two screen­ings at Event Cine­mas In­naloo.

Chalk scriptwriter and gym­nas­tics coach Shan­non DurhamDique said she cre­ated the se­ries af­ter one of her stu­dents asked her to write a script.

“Aimed pre­dom­i­nantly at the teenage au­di­ence, Chalk is a high-en­ergy sports drama fol­low­ing the lives of five young elite gym­nasts pur­su­ing their dreams to be the best of the best and rep­re­sent Aus­tralia,” she said.

“It deals with pushy par­ents and it goes into eat­ing dis­or­ders and stresses that come with that life.

“I’ve been within the gym­nas­tics world since I was six; I’ve now turned to ac­ro­bat­ics but I com­peted at a na­tional level.”

Durham-Dique, who is an ECU Film Stud­ies grad­u­ate, said the first screen­ings of the se­ries at Event Cine­mas In­naloo sold out two large screens.

“It is a TV se­ries and we’ve had in­ter­est from a cou­ple of pro­duc­ers to make it for tele­vi­sion,” she said.

Di­rec­tor and ECU Film Stud­ies grad­u­ate Zarah Lee Bar­row said the Chalk team worked well un­der pres­sure with a shoe­string bud­get.

“I wanted to show more di­men­sion be­tween the char­ac­ters, not just the stereo­types,” she said.

“Shan­non gave me lots to work with from her script – it was more about these dif­fer­ent sides to the char­ac­ters to see the in­se­cu­ri­ties be­hind some of those more com­pet­i­tive be­hav­iours.”

Ms Durham-Dique said through its Face­book page Chalk had sparked in­ter­est in the eastern states and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Visit www.face­book.com/ ChalkTVSeries.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d469314

Amanda Ed­wards, Zarah Lee Bar­row, Holly Smith, Shan­non Durham-Dique and Mil­lie King.

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