Movie producer to hold seminar

MOVIE producer Helen Bowden will discuss the processes of making a movie.
MOVIE producer Helen Bowden will discuss the processes of making a movie.

STAR sightings will soon be the norm in Murwillumbah with a new Australian movie Lou being filmed in our cane fields.

But local filmmakers will not have to stalk the streets to meet acclaimed producer Helen Bowden.

Ms Bowden, currently in production with Lou, will present a seminar on Saturday, June 13, when she will talk about the process of developing, financing and making the film.

Lou, written and directed by Murwillumbah screenwriter Belinda Chayko, will star the legendary John Hurt, a BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee ( Elephant Man, The Proposition, V for Vendetta, and the Harry Potter series), and Emily Barclay, AFI winner ( Suburban Mayhem, In my Father's Den).

Ms Bowden's most recent film, Girl in a Mirror, won the Rouben Mamoulian Award and the Dendy Award for Best Doco at the 2006 Sydney Film Festival.

It was also the first Australian film to win a prestigious Rose D'or Award at the Montreux Television Festival in May 2006, as well as winning the Australian Film Critics' Award for Best Documentary in 2005.

Tweed Shire Council, in partnership with Screenworks, will host the seminar at the Coolamon Cultural Centre in Murwillumbah.

Council's cultural development officer Lesley Buckley said the seminar was part of Tweed Shire Council's ongoing program of arts and cultural development opportunities.

“Many emerging and first-time filmmakers wanting to break into the industry would find the process of getting a film from page to screen daunting,” Ms Buckley said.

“This is a not-to-be missed opportunity to hear a leading producer talk about the ins and outs of producing a feature film.”

The workshop seminar will be held on Saturday June 13, from 10am to noon, at the Coolamon Cultural Centre on Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah.

Seats are limited, so anyone who interested in attending should contact Pam Veness on (02) 6670 2674.

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