Director Dr Peter Yaxley has been recognised for his film Unearthed at the New York Hoboken Film Festival.
Director Dr Peter Yaxley has been recognised for his film Unearthed at the New York Hoboken Film Festival. John Gass

Local GP directs feature film

DOCTOR by day, director by night and all for the love of the job.

Peter Yaxley not only works as a general practitioner in Pacific Pines and Tweed Heads, he is also an award-winning director.

Dr Yaxley self-funded his feature film Unearthed, which has been awarded the Best Foreign Film in the New York Hoboken Film Festival.

The film was also shortlisted for Best Screenplay and Best Actor for actor Anthony Jaeger.

For the past 25 years, Dr Yaxley has been a practicing GP and has continued to work as a doctor while he has indulged his passion for film.

During that time he has written, produced, directed and edited his own film.

Before moving to the Gold Coast, he was a flying doctor based in Mt Isa.

He said he moved to the Tweed because he knew the area had an ageing population and he wanted to help.

“It’s God’s Waiting Room,” he said.

Dr Yaxley said he has always had a passion for the creative side of life.

“Ever since I was a child I thought I was different to other people,” he said.

“I’ve always been interested in the creative side of films and wanted to learn how to make them.”

After taking an acting course and a screenwriting course, Dr Yaxley decided to give filmmaking a go.

“I wanted to learn all the aspects of filmmaking before I made one,” he said.

“It’s always something I have wanted to do.”

Unearthed, a murder mystery set in the town of Tenterfield where human remains are found, took nearly five years to make.

“For first-time filmmakers this is an average amount of time to make a film,” Dr Yaxley said.

“The first film is always the hardest.

“But I jumped in the deep end and wanted to swim.”

The idea for the film came when Dr Yaxley was in Tenterfield with his family.

Dr Yaxley said he was standing on a train platform when the story wrote itself.

“The story just came through me,” he said.

Dr Yaxley hopes the film is received just as well on the Gold Coast as it was overseas.

Unearthed will have a Gold Coast premiere during the Gold Coast Film Festival at Australia Fair on November 11 at 5pm.



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