End of the world com­ing

Lo­cal set to re­lease new pro­duc­tion

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

AR­DU­OUS days, egos, bud­get con­straints, shoot­ing, orig­i­nal­ity – the dif­fi­cul­ties of film-mak­ing aren’t for ev­ery­body, but for Stephen Os­borne, the pay off is worth it.

“I have al­ways had a pas­sion for film, I re­mem­ber most Fri­day nights my fam­ily and I would visit the lo­cal Video Ezy and hire out movies – it was our movie night,” Os­borne said.

The Stan­thorpe boy, whose par­ents used to care­taker Storm King Dam, has been hav­ing sig­nif­i­cant success in re­cent years.

It all started at the New York Film Academy and from there he has di­rected an award-win­ning short film and is now craft­ing a new mini-se­ries.

Jane, in­spired by famed di­rec­tor Quentin Tarantino, cen­tres around a bounty hunter and a bush ranger.

The west­ern-style short got plau­dits the world over.

“I sub­mit­ted it for a few fes­ti­vals and it took off from there, win­ning four awards so far, in­clud­ing best di­rec­tor at a fes­ti­val in Italy.

“On the strength of all that it’s been picked up for an­other 10 in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­vals and I should be able to re­lease it here later in the year, once it’s fin­ished the fes­ti­val cir­cuit.”

Mr Os­borne’s new work is a se­ries of four 25-minute films, with a pro­duc­tion ti­tle of Room­mate Wanted for the End of the World.

“It’s a four-part minis­eries which is a unique play on the post-apoc­a­lypse set in ru­ral Queens­land,” he said.

“The se­ries will ex­plore the themes of friend­ship, love, ac­cep­tance and the fact that you’re never alone, no mat­ter the strug­gle.

“Shoot­ing for the pilot episode has just fin­ished and is now in post pro­duc­tion.”

Not only does he have close friend and fel­low lo­cal Michael Vat­i­cano help­ing on a num­ber of his pro­duc­tions, he’s also used the Gran­ite Belt for film­ing. “I of­ten film lo­cally – from Stan­thorpe to Warwick and even Crows Nest.

“I per­son­ally feel that our lo­cal area has so much to of­fer from its beau­ti­ful and unique land­scape to our pic­turesque towns.

“It’s some­thing spe­cial that when cap­tured through the cam­era the lo­ca­tion be­comes al­most its own char­ac­ter in the film.

“I’m cur­rently writ­ing a fea­ture-length film and I plan to shoot the ma­jor­ity of it lo­cally,” he said.

I re­mem­ber most

Fri­day nights my fam­ily and I would visit the lo­cal Video Ezy.

— Stephen Os­borne

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

BE­HIND THE SCENES: Lo­cal film di­rec­tor Stephen Os­borne (left) with ac­tors on the set of his new mini-se­ries Room­mate Wanted for the End of the World.

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