Gympie locals do movie with LA star
MEMBERS of the Gympie Theatre Association, Dani Bell, Steve Clough and Craig Stephens, were recently involved in the making of a short film starring former Baywatch star Jaason Simmons.
Originally from Tasmania, Jaason said he was excited to be involved with the local project, written and produced by Maleny man, Colin "Spida" Dixon.
"I'm wanting to come back home and support the Australian Film Industry a bit more. This was a really good vehicle, and he's a mate," Jaason said.
Jaason says he loves the area and is keen to shot another up-coming project here.
"I think that we have everything here that we need to shot some really good product.
"It's fantastic (working with locals) because everyone here is so eager; so eager to learn and get on with it," said Jaason.
Made on a shoe-string budget, the 15 minute short film uses the expertise of talented people from all over the country, including Gympie, who mostly volunteered their time to make it.
The movie, called Patched, was something Spida had in mind for the past 20 years and decided to turn into an investment promo after an industry colleague showed interest in the story 12 months ago.
"The story has been something that has been in my head for about 20 years…I told him the basis of the story and he said I'd invest in that and then I suddenly realized I had to write the script," he said.
Spida hopes to enter the short film at Cannes and Tropfest and other short film festivals in the near future, with the hope of turning it into a feature length film in the near future.