From Clunes to Calgary, Anusha Duray is off to ImagineNATIVE.
From Clunes to Calgary, Anusha Duray is off to ImagineNATIVE.

Clunes girl takes film to Canada

Clunes based film producer Anusha Duray has packed her bags and is enjoying the in-flight entertainment on her 23 hour flight to Canada where the short film she produced, Burke Boy, is being presented as part of the ImagineNATIVE film festival.

The film stars Andrew McFarlane (best known from his days on The Sullivans and Flying Doctors) and Clarence John Russell. It tells the story of a man who takes his adopted son back to his birthplace in Burke and deals with the complexities of the relationship.

This was the first film Anusha had worked on as a producer, though she did work as an attachment on the highly successful Samson and Delilah.

“The director, Adrian Wills asked me to produce the film. He had lots of people wanting to do it, but he took a chance with a first timer,” she said.

The film was shot in Burke on a small budget with Adrian Wills' family doing the catering. The crew set up a “shanty town” in the caravan park, where they all lived for the two week shoot.

Anusha was accepted into Screen Australia's producer's initiative to help develop indigenous film producers and last year she was selected to participate in the producers LAB at the Rotterdam Film Festival. She is still doing a Bachelor of Arts at Southern Cross University, works as a manager of CDEP (Community Development Employment Program) for Buyinbin Aboriginal Corporation and is also a mum.

“Yeah, it's hard to balance it all,” she said modestly.

Burke Boy was made with the assistance of the ABC and has so far been included in the Message Stick Film Festival and the Brisbane International Film Festival.


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