Drama comes to the Streets of Rosewood for Movie!

“Town has a starring role again as another film crew moves in”
Written by Joel Gould – Qld Times

ROSEWOOD welcomed movie crews to the district yet again yesterday when the short film Keys was shot in the outskirts of town. The film, which involved Rosewood people as extras, is about a 17-year-old girl Sarah who was involved in a horrific car accident that claimed her brother and mother. Her father blames her for what happened and is determined to make her pay for what she has done. The film’s producer Imogen Rogers said it was “basically about a father and a daughter and it explores how they deal with grief and guilt”. “It is quite a heavy topic, but it ends with hope,” she said.

“We are looking at film festival screenings, hopefully worldwide at Sundance , Berlin, Cannes and probably Flickerfest in Australia. “Because we are hoping to raise awareness for mainly young adult drivers, we are currently in discussions with various organisations that deal with road safety awareness and education. “They will be able to use the film in their educational campaigns across Australia and maybe the world. It is a short film of about eight to nine minutes.”

There are two lead roles. Lizzie Hayes plays Sarah, the 17-year-old daughter, Sandro Colarelli plays John, the father. Director Peter Hegedus has a long history of making social justice films and has produced many documentaries about topics such as teen suicide and homelessness. He is keen to transition from documentary to drama and believes the best way for him to do this is to focus on a topic he is comfortable with, but produce it as a short drama film.

Ms Rogers, who also worked on locally short films 500 Miles and The Tree, said the Rosewood and Calvert people had been a treat to work with. “Peter was after a country looking town that loaned itself to the theme that the community knows what is going on,” she said. “Rosewood really suited that country town feeling and that wide expanse you don’t really get in the city, so you can develop character and emotion. “We’ve got three boys from one of the schools at Rosewood that are helping out as extras. “All the locals have been really lovely, and the (Ipswich City) Council and the location owners have been great.” Cr David Pahlke said the movie was another in a long line of films being shot locally and that the Ipswich City Council “welcomes movie makers with open arms”.

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