The film is set in the present, post-Covid, and with climate instability an ever-present threat, with flash backs to the Victorian period. It will capture aspects of our diverse culture here in the capital region – urban, rural, and a taste of the many subcultures alive here. The soundtrack will feature local artists, mixed into a sound world of the landscape, but also capturing the inner life of our characters. The casting will be all local artists, providing a showcase of those who choose to live and work from a base in our region. But this also gives us a chance to cast for diversity, to truly represent our lives and those we engage with day to day.
Burnima Homestead was built in 1896 for grazier Mr Henry Tollemache Edwards. It was built by Frederick Young of Queanbeyan, who built Yarralumla, the present day residence of the Australian Governor General. It is situated 5 miles from the Bombala township on the Bombala River. Bombala was under consideration as one of the possible locations of the nation’s capital. So its links with Canberra, and the region, provide food for fascinating storytelling.
We are developing a feature length project, partly set in contemporary Canberra, and largely in the Monaro region, centred on a weekend house party at the legendary Burnima Homestead.
Producer/director/writer – Dianna Nixon
Producer/cinematographer – Miguel Gallagher
The embedded video is a project Dianna and Miguel completed in 2014.
Further details of known cast and crew available in our pitch deck.
Awaiting outcomes of a funding application to spend time with some of the actors on character development. About to commence fundraising for the development of the script.
Important dates and activities
Miguel and Dianna travelled to Burnima before Xmas 2022 to take photos and shoot footage of the landscape and house. We met the new owners on this trip.
Dianna attended Screen Canberra’s PitchFest in Feb 2023 to test the concept with a range of producers, receiving much good advice on next steps.