Two Heads Creek, directed by Arrowhead’s Jesse O’Brien and starring Gary Sweet, Kerry Armstrong and Helen Dallimore, was filmed at our Coomera campus last year with help from students studying screen and media, and sound production.
The students gained countless hours of experience with the cast and crew across filming, sound recording, and as extras on the film.
International student and screen and media graduate Ana Fessel Barreto said she was thrilled to work on a project of this magnitude while completing her studies.
“It was incredible to be able to take what I had learnt in the classroom and put it into practice on-set of a feature film of this calibre,” said Ana.
“The experience showed me what it is like to functionally create and operate a feature film as it gave me an understanding to all the attributes a film has and requires,” she continued.
“Having the rare opportunity to sit in on daily meetings with the head of each department was the best way to dive in and learn what each team was responsible for.”
Ana, who travelled from her home country of Brazil to study at TAFE Queensland, also features as an extra on the film. She said the opportunity to work in multiple roles enabled her to comprehend how all the departments work together and collaborate.
“During the pre-production stage I got to work with the director, Jesse O'Brien, filming the costume selection process where I controlled the lighting as well as setting up and operating the camera,” she said.
“I also got to use the clapper board and work in the art department where I helped to build and prep sets.”
Ana says she is excited to watch Two Heads Creek for the first time on the big screen to see how it all comes together as one final piece.
Meanwhile sound production students had the opportunity to help record the theme song for the film.
Graduate Mion Sato said gaining hands on studio work with Australian actress and singer Helen Dallimore was something he never expected to do while at TAFE Queensland.
“While recording the theme song I learnt that basic abilities such as listening and communication are just as important as some of the more technical skills,” said Mion.
“It was such a great experience to learn how to work to tight deadlines as we recorded the song in just one afternoon.”
Two Heads Creek Director, Jesse O’Brien said he was incredibly grateful to TAFE Queensland for allowing them to film on-site last year.
“Not only was it a great location with exceptional facilities for us to film, it gave students of TAFE Queensland studying screen and media and sound production the opportunity to experience a real, hands on film shoot,” he said.
“Each of the students that were involved in the making of Two Heads Creek were enthusiastic and eager to learn and, will undoubtedly go on to succeed in the industry.”
TAFE Queensland General Manager on the Gold Coast Karen Dickinson said it is these practical and comprehensive industry training opportunities that help lead to career outcomes for students.
“Almost 85 per cent of our students gain employment or go on to further study in the first six months after graduating, and it’s unique practical and industry-relevant training opportunities like working on feature films which provide students with the skills and experience to build lifelong careers,” said Karen.
Written by lead Jordan Waller, Two Heads Creek tells the story of a shy butcher, Norman (Jordan Waller) and his drama queen twin sister, Annabelle (Kathryn Wilder), who after the death of their adoptive mother, leave the UK and adventure to Australia in search of their biological mother. But the local townsfolk of Two Heads Creek are hiding a dark secret: the pair must reconcile their differences to fight for their lives in this playfully dark comedy-horror.
The film will screen across Australia at selected EVENT Cinemas, including Coomera, Robina, Pacific Fair and Southport on ‘Fright Night’ - Thursday 21 November 2019 ahead of its seasonal release at cinema locations nationally.
You can watch the Two Heads Creek trailer here.