Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has welcomed news of a film adaption of John Birmingham’s popular book The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco being shot in Brisbane in 2015 and called on locals to get behind the production.
This is exciting news if you’ve ever wanted to be part of the making of a film.
For those who don’t know, John Birmingham is a well-known Brisbane author and The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco is his 1997 sequel to He Died With A Felafel In His Hand, which was a collection of entertaining stories about house-sharing. The novel is going to be adapted into a film, much of which will be filmed and produced in Brisbane.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said, “Brisbane has a thriving film culture and I admire the entrepreneurial spirit of the talented young creatives at Wickham Park Productions. The filming of The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco is in its early financing and pre-production stages but the producers plan to start shooting in Brisbane next year.”
“The writer, director and producer are all based in Brisbane. Wickham Park Productions specialise in making local films and shows and are keen to encourage economic growth in the local industry.
“Earlier this month, they started a crowd funding campaign to invite Brisbane people to be involved in the film and get the word out about it.
“They represent everything we want to achieve with our Team Brisbane campaign, which is all about residents having a role to play in building our profile as an emerging global city.”
Producer Bec Dakin said she hoped locals would embrace the concept of a locally produced film adaption of a book by a successful Brisbane author.
She said any locals who pledged $5 or more would receive first option on paid work as extras on the film, as well as other rewards and gifts.
“The crowd funding initiative is a practical approach to filmmaking these days but it is also aimed at encouraging Brisbane locals to be involved in the process with us,” Ms Dakin said.
“We want to build the film-going community and encourage them to see home-grown films and we believe this comedy feature film may be the film to do that.”
Wickham Park Productions have already cast actors and comedians including Queensland’s Damien Power and Brisbane local Hannah Levien – who has been making a name for herself in the US as a guest star on shows like Supernatural.
Local actress/model Samantha Roy has been signed along with comedian Josh Earl, who hosted the 2014 version of ABC Television’s Spicks & Specks.
Jordan Raskopoulos from the world-renowned comedy band The Axis of Awesome — and an actor who appeared in the movie Underground: The Julian Assange Story and the series #7 Days Later — is also on board.
To find out more about the planned filming of The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco, including a synopsis and opportunities to support the production, visit pozible.com/tassiebabes.