Movie magic: At the Regent Cinema Murwillumbah premiere of Lou are Logan Reilly, Lily Bell-Tindley, Belinda Chayko, Rennie Chayko and Michael McMahon.
Movie magic: At the Regent Cinema Murwillumbah premiere of Lou are Logan Reilly, Lily Bell-Tindley, Belinda Chayko, Rennie Chayko and Michael McMahon. Karen Harper

Director of Lou looks to future

BELINDA Chayko is riding high after the successful screening of her film Lou in Murwillumbah on Thursday night and already has her eyes set firmly on her next project.

The writer and director of the feature film shot on location around Murwillumbah said she is ready to sink her teeth into something new.

“It's a psychological horror film, set on an island with a lighthouse, it's a huge jump from Lou, but I don't want to repeat myself,” Ms Chayko said.

“I am in the middle of redrafting it and I hope to have it ready to take to the market place at the end of the year so we can start filming next year.

“The roles in the new film have not been cast yet, but for a horror film we don't need to cast well-known actors to tell the story.”

Ms Chayko said the success of Lou, together with the support the film received, has encouraged her to tackle this new project.

“The Murwillumbah premiere was a really wonderful night and there was a beautiful response to the film; it was a great celebration for people in the area,” Ms Chayko said.

“People laughed where I had hoped they would and were quiet during the dramatic moments. Some people even cried.”

Lou tells the story of an 11-year-old girl and her Alzheimer-suffering grandfather, played by Golden Globe-winning actor John Hurt.

Ms Chayko said there will be a question-and-answer session about the film at the Murwillumbah Regent Cinema on Friday, June 25 at 7.30pm for Tweed residents interested in the film process and the story behind Lou.

“The Thursday night premiere turned into such a celebration that we didn't get the chance to hold the question-and-answer session, so that will take place on Friday,” Ms Chayko said.



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