Screenworks/Feros Care

Want to be a movie star? Call goes out for fearless seniors

A NORTHERN Rivers pilot program aims to turn 10 fun and fearless septuagenarians into film stars!

Multimedia company Screenworks and not-for-profit age care providers, Feros Care, have teamed up to produce a series of short documentary films as part of an innovative project called Fearless.

All they need now are the stars - 10 seniors, aged 75 and over who are growing bold not old.

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The seniors, who must come from the Kirra to Ballina region, will have a chance to learn new skills and will receive a writer/director credit for the film according to Screenworks chairperson Deb McBride.

She said no experience was necessary other than a "fearless and bold attitude" with successful applicants being chosen because they "smash the traditional stereotypes that surround ageing".

"We've designed FEARLESS to be a way for local seniors to acquire basic filmmaking skills so that they are able to tell their own stories and be a part of a collection of inspirational short films that celebrate growing older," McBride explained.

"All of these exciting films will be unveiled at an exclusive red-carpet VIP event later this year and we will also distribute them as far and wide as possible online and at film festivals."

Feros Care's marketing and communications consultant Tarnya Sim said she was excited to discover stories that challenge typical views on ageing.

"We're looking for seniors with fearless attitudes to life, and who are ready to commit to their next bold ambition," Sim said.

"If you've always wanted to get a tattoo or fly on the trapeze or if you're already a dedicated ocean swimmer or in training for your next triathlon, then we really want to help you to star in a film documenting it.

"And we aren't just appealing to the seniors themselves - if you know someone who has a bold approach to life, then we'd also like to hear from you."

As part of the project, each participant will be mentored by professional filmmakers, The Bakery Media Production, on behalf of Screenworks, to develop, create and produce their short documentary about a bold challenge they undertake or their fearless lifestyle.

The project gets underway early September and will run through until mid-November. Applications close on Sunday 12 August.

For more information head to the Screenworks' FEARLESS website - www.screenworks.com.au/fearless - or contact the Screenworks on (02) 6681 1188 or coord@screenworks.com.au


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