On set: Murwillumbah director and writer Belinda Chayko with young actress Lily Bell-Tindley.
On set: Murwillumbah director and writer Belinda Chayko with young actress Lily Bell-Tindley. Contributed

Screenworks roll out red carpet

WHAT role does a red carpet play at premiere film events? For fashionistas and would-be actors it is a heaven-sent opportunity. But the red carpet night can make or break a new film.

Months before the film is released a date and place is finally set for the launch and key actors, the writer, director, producer and anyone else of note is booked for the event. And just as importantly, all the media are invited to the film launch.

Getting television, radio, twitter and print coverage is great if it’s positive, otherwise it could be a down hill run with the film only lasting a week or two at the box office.

It’s pretty harsh for a ‘product’ that may have been in the pipeline for 10 years. Although Screenworks doesn’t have a red carpet to roll out, we get to pick the films we premiere.

The factor X that makes Screenworks premieres such a special night is the Q & A (question & answer) session at the end of the screening. It’s an absolute treat to get a chance to not only ask the nitty gritty questions but also to congratulate and thank the filmmaker for persisting with their project.

Screenworks next red carpet event in partnership with Dendy Byron Bay is on Monday night, June 7 at Dendy Byron Bay cinemas when we will present the regional premiere of Lou, shot in the Northern Rivers, starring young local new talent, Lily Bell-Tindley with major international actor John Hurt playing her grandfather.

We can’t wait to see it and hope you’ll join us for this Screenworks fundraiser.

Tickets – $15 for Screenworks members/ $20 non members are now on sale at Dendy Byron ph: 6680 8555.



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