Background

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.

Project Status

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. 

Collaborators

Producer/director – Dianna Nixon

Producer/cinematographer – Miguel Gallagher

Screenwriter – Pat Gallagher

The embedded video is a project Dianna and Miguel completed in 2014. 

Further details of cast and crew is available in our prospectus.

Work-In-Progress 

The first step is to shoot several sample scenes, and we are currently looking at ways to finance this work with a cast of two and a small film crew. These scenes will then help us to tell the story of the project, and will become an invaluable tool in raising the resources needed to complete the film. This stage will show proof of concept and set the tone of the future feature film. We’ll shoot one scene out on the road between Cooma and the Dalgety Rd – to capture the immense landscape, the wildness of the Snowies in the distance, and the isolation of the road. The other scene or scenes will be shot on location at the magnificent house, Burnima, on a property near Bombala. 

Important dates and activities

Miguel, Dianna and Pat will travel to Burnima in June to take photos and shoot footage of the landscape and house.

With this material we’ll continue to look for the funds to undertake our first step – shooting two sample scenes on location with our two principle characters.

We will then work towards the development of the larger scale work, a full length feature.