PITCH AND PUNT: Rachel Scollay of South Lismore, and Hilton Fatt of Casino, are finalists in a national competition run by the
PITCH AND PUNT: Rachel Scollay of South Lismore, and Hilton Fatt of Casino, are finalists in a national competition run by the

Film-makers five minutes from fame

By CHRIS SUTTENFIELD

CASINO one day, Cannes the next.

Film-makers Hilton Fatt and Rachel Scollay are each taking a shot at the big time.

They are two of four national finalists pitching their film ideas to the Screen Producers Association of Australia during its annual conference on the Gold Coast from August 13-16.

Rachel is the Northern Star's Casino reporter. Hilton has family links with the town back to 1929.

As finalists in the competition they will be the focus of the national film industry's attention ? but only for five minutes.

"I was ecstatic to be chosen as a finalist because the competition would have been tough," said

Rachel.

The winner of the competition gets a trip to Cannes, or the international film marketplace of their choice.

Rachel's documentary, 100% Aussie Beef, explores Casino's first-ever Mr Beef contest.

"It's got all the elements. Humour, drama and men in Speedos", said Rachel.

Hilton, who produced The Wiggles movie in 1997, is pitching his oriental kung-fu comedy Fork Yu.

"It's about one man's battle to stop the invasion of forks into China to replace chopsticks, to save himself from castration", Hilton said.

He realised people want to be entertained. "The biggest market is the 16 to 25-year-old comedy market, he said.

"I've been writing the script since 1999 with the assistance of the Australian Writers' Group and the Australian Film Commission."

Hilton explained that he's aiming to co-produce Fork Yu in conjunction with China.

"It's an industry that's opening up," he said. "Most comedies come out of Hong Kong."



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