Fu­mina South sets the scene

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

A film crew re­cently de­scended on Fu­mina South to utilise the re­gion as the set­ting for a short fan­tasy/drama film.

The Swin­burne Univer­sity stu­dents scouted var­i­ous lo­ca­tions be­fore se­lect­ing Fu­mina South for film “The Way Home”. The town’s nat­u­ral bush set­ting, neigh­bour­ing State For­est, nearby Yarra Ranges Na­tional Park as well as hol­i­day house “Glimpses of Gipp­s­land” will all be show­cased in the film.

Owner of the quaint two-bed­room house Caro­line Ham­mond said the film was an­other way of sup­port­ing all things lo­cal and shar­ing the amaz­ing re­gion be­tween Noo­jee and Wil­low Grove with vis­i­tors from far and wide.

Young film­mak­ers Con­nor O’Neil and Freya Dahlström were im­pressed by the house and re­gion whilst scouting for film lo­ca­tions.

Con­nor (pro­ducer) and Freya (writer and di­rec­tor) said the tim­ber-lined home had the kind of warmth and sense of ad­ven­ture they needed for their sto­ry­line.

The pair trav­elled to the area with a small film crew, as well as ac­tors, for four days of film­ing. Edit­ing is now be­ing car­ried out be­fore an end of year screen­ing at Lido Cin­ema in Hawthorn.

You can fol­low the film­mak­ers’ ad­ven­tures via Face­book, @TheLongWayHomeShortFilm2017.

Book­ings for the hol­i­day house are made via airbnb.com.au.

Util­is­ing a hol­i­day house at Fu­mina South and the sur­round­ing bush­land for short fan­tasy/drama film are (from left) Prince K Nediye­dath, Freya Dahlström, Matt Bird, Mi­randa McLean, Joel Smith, Ni­raj Per­era, Con­nor O’Neil and Lerka­paw Say. The film “The Way Home” is about a young girl who re­lies on a pot plant she in­her­ited to es­cape from her mother's grief.

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