Fearless, fabulous stars of the screen
YOU don't expect to become a movie star when you hit your 70s but that's just what's happened to a group of nine amazing people from the Byron-Tweed region.
After answering and Ad by Feros Care, Bakery Media Production and Screenworks in August last year, the Nimble Nine Northern Rivers Seniors, aged 75 and older, starred in a short film initiative "Fearless".
The collection of inspirational films showcasing the bold lives of the seniors had their premier in Byron last month and have been live on You Tube since 5 December. Organisers are hoping the films will go viral and even end up at film festivals.
Feros CEO, Jennene Buckley said the group was proud to release stories of seniors challenging the traditional views on ageing.
"We are thrilled with the personalities and stories that this project has uncovered, and we'd love for
these films to surprise, charm and inspire people," She said.
"Ultimately we're confident that our 9 FEARLESS seniors are going to crush those boring old stereotypes about growing older."
The Fearless nine were drawn mainly from the Byron/Bruswick area in the end, the call went out for people from Tweed to Ballina.
- Wendy Taylor, Suffolk Park (79) a creative force to be reckoned with a large Instagram following and a mantra "don't go beige with age!"
- Margaret Fisher, Byron Bay (88): Byron Citizen of the year in 2018 and World Seniors Tennis player.
- Ballina's Royden Ainsworth, Ballina (80) who is a seasoned jazz musician and composer.
- Another Suffolk Park resident, Julie Crow (76) challenged herself to swing upside down from a circus trapeze for the first time for her film.
- Lismore/Tweed sailor Peter Warner (87) who sails yachts and organizes drones to capture images of his trips.
- The oldest member of the group is 97-year-od Nina Milenko Marzi of Byron who credits drumming, dancing friendship and shopping for her long life and her colourful Bay lifestyle.
- Ballina resident Klaas Nierop, (87) and his dog Wolfie life on a boat in Ballina Harbour and he kayaks, cycles and visits the gym.
- Berenice Lancaster, (77) is a self-confessed swimming addict and swims across Byron Bay every morning she is just back from an Ocean-trek holiday swimming around the Greek Islands.
And last, but not least is local Byron legend Feather Thompson (82) who refuses to change and is still dancing up a storm to life bands and sunbaking naked.
Screenworks' CEO, Ken Crouch said he was impressed by the commitment shown by the FEARLESS participants.
"One of the most incredible things about this initiative has been the commitment shown by the seniors since the initial application stage," he said.
"Many of them have genuinely stepped up and learnt new skills to be able to bring their stories to the screen, ably assisted by the team at The Bakery Media Production. This eclectic and appealing collection gives these seniors the chance to have their voices heard and share their escapades with the world."
View the series trailer and the films online, go to feroscare.com.au/fearlessfilms.