Sugar and spice

Lou, the new feature film by Murwillumbah-based writer/director Belinda Chayko, will have an advanced screening at the Byron Dendy Cinema as a fundraiser for Screenworks ahead of its Australian release later this month.

The film is a tender story about the relationship between 11-year-old Lou and her grandfather. It was shot in the lush cane fields of Northern NSW with Wollumbin (Mt Warning) towering as a backdrop.

Belinda said, “We have ended up with some truly beautiful images which suit what I believe is a very romantic story. I wanted to create an idealised world in which these characters could exist – could dream their dream – and the landscape helps do that.”

The film introduces, in an astonishing first performance, 11-year-old local Lily Bell-Tindley in the role of Lou, alongside charismatic British actor John Hurt as her grandfather.

Tickets are on sale now from Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas for $20, or $15 for Screenworks members. The screening is on June 7 and begins at 6.30pm and will be followed by a Q&A with Belinda and Lily afterwards.


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