Crew, sponsors gather at gallery for Broke launch

ALL BET’S OFF: Max Cullen, Luke Graham, Heath Davis, Steve Le Marquand and Claire Van Der Boom at the Broke film media launch at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, Gladstone.
ALL BET’S OFF: Max Cullen, Luke Graham, Heath Davis, Steve Le Marquand and Claire Van Der Boom at the Broke film media launch at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

WITH filming for the feature-length film Broke due to start next week, the cast, crew and sponsors gathered at the Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum last night for the launch.

The launch was the start of many activities and workshops the crew will be holding while they film on location in Gladstone for four weeks starting June 16.

Lead actor Steve Le Marquand, who has featured in Australian films Two Hands, Beneath Hill 60 and Kokoda, will run a free acting workshop for local residents this Sunday, before actress Claire Van Der Boom visits the Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre next week.

Broke director Heath Davis said the extra events were a way of giving back to the Gladstone community, who have been so supportive of the film.

"The community have been really supportive and we wanted to involve everybody from day one," he said.

"It's a people's film; it's a real story about real people with real problems."

The film Broke follows the story of former footy star turned gambling addict Ben 'BK' Kelly as he navigates his way around homelessness and crime.

Apart from being the home town of the film's producer Luke Graham, Gladstone was chosen as the location for the film for its cinematic qualities.

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