EARLIER this year, a group of graduating students from the Griffith Film School in Brisbane ventured to the South Burnett to bring a film about love, loss and brotherhood to life.
The Neon King is a story of two young men living in an isolated rural community in the 1970s and was filmed on location across Blackbutt, Jandowae and Kumbia in July.
The film is now finished and has won seven awards at the Griffith Film School Queensland College of Arts Showcase last week and the film will enter the international and domestic festival circuit next year.
Co-producer of the film Danielle Redford said she was thrilled with how the film turned out.
"We've been working on this project since January, so to put so much time and energy into a film and watch it travel from script through to completion is an incredible experience," Miss Redford said.
The team ventured out on a huge road trip when they discovered filming gems in the region that included wide open spaces, beautiful paddocks and the Radnor Hotel at Blackbutt, all of which became perfect locations for the film.
"We had a great time shooting on the Kumbia-Brooklands Road, next to Trevor King's property," Miss Redford said.
"We had a permit to close the road down for the day, had traffic controllers and stunt drivers/co-ordinators travel out from Brisbane and spent the whole day racing an original 1970s Holden Monaro and a beautiful old truck on loan to us towards each other whilst capturing some beautiful footage.
"Our stunt co-ordinators were fresh off the set of the latest Mad Max film, so to work alongside them with their skills and talents and also capture the beauty of the landscape plus the frenzied energy of our characters was a unique experience."
The Neon King will be released online in the future and screenings of the film will play locally.
For more information visit The Neon King Film Facebook page.
The crew would like to thank Trevor King, Denise and Cox Cotton, The Hotel Radnor, and the countless locals who volunteered their time as extras for the film.
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