|All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane|
Is the grass greener on the other side? 25-year-old Brisbanite Anthea (Charlotte Gregg) thinks it might be.
She's single and hates her job. And as more and more of her friends drift off to bigger cities, there's little to keep her in Brisbane except the imminent return of former boyfriend Jake (Gyton Grantley).
This new romantic comedy is followed by a Q&A with director Louise Alston and writer Stephen Vagg.
Louise Alston writes:
"Australia is the Brisbane of the world" Barry HumphriesAll My Friends are Leaving Brisbane
was written by Stephen Vagg, based on his own quater life crisis. Although we got great responses to the script, no one was ready to back us. So we backed ourselves! We shot it in our house with our own money with a keen cast and crew on deferrals before getting post production funding from the AFC. We were confident that the story would resonate with Australians. In the characters, we see the anxiety of being twenty-something. The choices aren't as obvious as you might think and there's the fear that work might always suck, you might never meet the right person and it might not all work out right in the end. Mix that with the anxiety of the tyranny of distance and you have a familiar premise.
In the end, this film is about having the strength to get off your arse and do something for the right reasons and not because of anxiety. This film is an indie romantic comedy. It's success has surprised nearly everyone. Rock bottom production budget, no bankable stars, set in a not very glamorous city. we started to doubt ourselves...until we saw the film showing for 7 weeks on multiplex screens around Brisbane. In many ways, this is an exploitation film. We wanted to get as much Brisbaness on screen as possible and in a world of cinematic globalism, the specific and the local stands out. February, 2008