TODAY’S screening of Parkway Drive, an eponymous documentary about the Byron Bay band, will pay tribute to the film’s co-producer Dylan Kane Etherington.
The 22-year-old Byron Bay resident has been missing, feared drowned, since February 22 when he was last seen jumping from an historic bridge in Mostar, Bosnia.
The bridge is a popular destination for extreme sports enthusiasts.
Ben Gordon, drummer with Parkway Drive and co-producer of the film, said its screening at 4.30pm at the Byron Bay Film Festival in the Community Centre theatre will give filmgoers a glimpse into Dylan’s extraordinary talent and creativity.
“Dylan was so much more than a co-producer on this film,” MrGordon said. “Basically it was just Dylan and me.
“We had no movie experience or education, apart from shooting some surfing movies. Dylan moved into my house for six months and we made the film. We just learnt as we went along.
“The film wouldn’t be the movie it is without Dylan.”
Mr Gordon plans to pay tribute to his missing friend at this evening’s event.
“I wasn’t going to speak originally,” he said.
“But when this happened I decided I would. I’m just going to talk about Dylan and dedicate the movie to him.
“In a way, this movie is going to be his legacy. It’s the last big thing he worked on. He actually had his camera with him when he was travelling, and he was planning to make a travel documentary.
“He was going to drive from Europe, through Afghanistan, to India, and document the trip, but that isn’t going to happen now. Now Parkway Drive will be his creative legacy.”
Although Dylan’s body has yet to be found, hope for his survival has all but gone.
“I hate to say it, but there really isn’t any hope,” Mr Gordon said, adding that Dylan’s parents were returning from Bosnia this weekend.
“Even if by some miracle he hadn’t drowned, with those frozen waters he just couldn’t survive it.”
Swollen rivers and bad weather has hampered Bosnian authorities searching for Dylan.
The icy, swollen Neretva River had risen 10 metres at the time of Dylan’s disappearance, drastically increasing the search area.
Meanwhile, the BBFF opened last night with a red carpet gala attended by Minister for the Arts Virginia Judge who said the festival was a great example of the kind of creative enterprise the State needs.
“In just four years the festival has expanded from a modest local fund-raising initiative to a world class film extravaganza,” she said.
Film festival – weekend highlights
Family Friendly Short Films, 10.45am, $6.50.
Miracle Fish, director Luke Doolan’s tale of a boy who wishes the world would go away, and then wakes to find his dream may have come true, has been nominated for a 2010 Academy Award for Best Short Film. Screening as part of Session 6, tonight at 7.30. $11/$13.50.
Contact, a documentary about one of the most extraordinary pieces of historical footage: The moment when a group of Martu women and children walk from their nomadic existence in the desert into European modernity. Screening as part of Session 9, Sunday, 4pm. $9/$11
More details at www.bbff.com.au