End of the world coming
Local set to release new production
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
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.