ON A ROLL: Banana Shire Mayor Nev Ferrier turns on the camera to signify the start of filming. He is surrounded by the cast, councillors and director Joy K. Mathew (far right).
ON A ROLL: Banana Shire Mayor Nev Ferrier turns on the camera to signify the start of filming. He is surrounded by the cast, councillors and director Joy K. Mathew (far right). Contributed

First professional movie shot in Biloela ready for premiere

SHOOTING of the first professional film produced in Biloela has been completed.

The movie, The Dependence, written and directed by Indian journalist Joy K Matthew and featuring Biloela residents as the cast, focuses on the changes brought about by two adolescent girls in the life of an elderly couple.

The film was shot in Biloela and Rockhampton at different locations such as schools, houses, zoo and nursing home.

Director Joy K Mathew has produced several motivational films that have received acclaim from international film critics, including a documentary based on his personal acquaintance with Mother Teresa.

"We are in the final stages of production and are looking forward to its screening in April," Mr Mathew said.

"Biloela residents will recognise the faces in the film.

"The film deals with the universal predicament of old age.

"After the age of 60, men and women need special care.

"This project is targeting to inculcate the mentality of readiness in the mind and life of young people to look after their parents and ageing people with dignity and respect," Mr Mathew said.

The Dependence received funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

"I am proud of it because it is a rare act of recognition, and I am glad to be able to bring my experience in the film industry to a small regional town.

"The film provided a platform for artists of Indian origins in Australia to come together and collaborate with the local community, to perform and to prove their mettle," Mr Mathew said

"This short film will be sent to international film festivals across the globe, which will give these local actors great exposure."

The Dependence will premiere at the Biloela Civic Centre at a date to be set.