Film script headed for stardom
TWO Northern Rivers film-makers have been invited to take part in a world class film script workshop in Sydney next month.
Cathy Henkel and Roger Monk’s script for the feature film Dance For Me will go under the gaze of high-profile British and American editors and writers at Aurora 2010.
The pair hopes to work with the experts to refine the script to the point where it could go into production by the end of the year.
An A-list director has been approached and Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren discussed as the possible female leads.
Documentary film-maker Ms Henkel lived in the Northern Rivers for 15 years before moving to Brisbane recently.
She won the Honorary Award at the recent Byron Bay Film Festival.
Goonengerry resident Roger Monk wrote Walking On Water and the television series East of Everything.
The pair, with producer Trish Lake, will be among five film teams to participate in the intensive script workshop.
The script for Dance For Me has been in development since Mr Monk wrote a feature film treatment (outline) based on a documentary made by Ms Henkel about the rape of her mother in South Africa.
“It’s a mother/daughter story, an emotional drama, with elements of the thriller genre,” Mr Monk said.
“It’s also about injustice, police corruption, and racial assumptions. And there’s a love story,”
Mr Monk hopes to enhance the strong points in the script, heightening the already considerable tension.
“It’s a great page-turner, and we want to make it even more so,” he said.
Despite the grim subject matter the story is an uplifting one, said Ms Henkel, whose mother now lives a full and happy life in Ballina.
And although some personal elements remain, it has become truly a work of fiction, she said.
But the workshop will be a new experience for her.
“I’m a documentary film-maker, so this will be stepping into a different arena. It will be a real hothouse experience, working with some of the cleverest people in the field.”
Aurora was one of the best screenwriting projects in Australia, Ms Henkel said. “I’ve long admired it, and to be chosen is amazing,” she said.
Films that have been developed through Aurora include Animal Kingdom, Somersault, Little Fish, Prime Mover, and Accidents Happen.