Local filmmakers David Arens and Jarvis Alston.
Local filmmakers David Arens and Jarvis Alston. Brenda Strong

Local filmmakers set sights on prestigious Sundance

LIGHTS, camera, Gladstone.

Local filmmaker Jarvis Alston, 24-years-old, didn't have to think twice when sourcing locations for his new feature film.

Having written and directed the modern-western flick 80 Proof in three months, the Tannum Sands local and underground coal miner said he was looking forward to seeing the final product.

"In the next few weeks I'm going to lock myself in a room somewhere near Airlie Beach and edit until it's done," Jarvis said.

"I actually came up with the idea (for the film) at work. 

"I always carry a little notepad around just in case. You never know when you're going to get your next big idea."

And film composer David Arens, 25, agrees: "I usually record ideas using the microphone on my phone or anything that will record."

Along with mate David, Jarvis and his crew spent the past 12 days shooting in and around the Gladstone region before wrapping on Monday.

Jarvis's brother Trevor Alston plays one of the two lead male characters in the film, alongside Michael Thompson.

The plot centres on the lives of Chuck (Alston) and Sarge (Thompson) in a time of alcohol prohibition and their attempts to bend the rules in a small country town.

The boys shot the film on a $40,000 budget and now have their sights set on entering the Cannes, Sundance, Melbourne and Toronto film festivals.

 

Filming locations

  • Diggers Arms Hotel, Calliope.
  • Reef Hotel, Gladstone.
  • LJ Hooker, Tannum Sands.
  • Dennis Park, Boyne Island.
  • Squash Courts, Gladstone

 



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