Local film Long Shadows wins big at US film festivals

STAR SHOWING: Winners are grinners on the film set of the Long Shadows trailer shoot with writer and lead actress Linda Millar and co-star Joss McWilliam.
STAR SHOWING: Winners are grinners on the film set of the Long Shadows trailer shoot with writer and lead actress Linda Millar and co-star Joss McWilliam. David Nielsen

LOCALLY produced film Long Shadows has created a stir in America with a teaser trailer not only screened in Hollywood, but winning seven awards at film festivals across the US.

The movie trailer, shot in Ipswich, won at America's Indiefest Film Awards, Accolade Global Film Festival, Best Shorts Film Festival, Florida Movie Fest, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles Cinefest and International Independent Film Awards.

It was filmed to help with fundraising to make the full feature film, and producers are still looking for investors. Shooting is scheduled to start in Ipswich in March.

The upcoming film was written by Scottish-born Karalee actress Linda Millar, who also will have a lead role in the feature film.

"Getting the awards is really good, especially since a lot of them were won in the United States because we are Australian. To be recognised in what is the home of film, basically, it is encouraging we are creating stuff the rest of the world is interested in," Millar said.

Other crew members such as the film's locations manager Jason Muller hail from Ipswich.

The film will co-star Joss McWilliam, who has been in a number of Australian productions including Water Rats, Pacific Drive, Home and Away and The Flying Doctors and Ms Millar said some "well known Australian" actors had expressed an interest in working on the film but could not be announced at this stage.

"People that have read the script, they love it. And it's mine," Millar added with a humble giggle.

"Unfortunately we can't name them until things are signed on the dotted line, but we do have some very popular Australian names who are going to come on board. We have letters of interest."

Director Darwin Brooks, assistant director for The Great Gatsby, The Railway Man, Australia, Mao's Last Dancer and Prince of Persia, directed the trailer and will direct the feature film.

"It is a good trailer," Millar said. "The story is full of twists and turns. I have had so many people watch the trailer and tell me what they think is happening and what is going to happen. Nobody has got it yet and that's the way we want to keep it.

"A terrible thing happens to one of the family members. It is basically about how the family as individuals deal with that and how every one of them ends up blaming themselves for what happened. Because as human beings we do that. We think if I had been there or I hadn't have done this, I hadn't said that, even down to the kids, they start to blame themselves for the event that happened, which is a pretty serious and nasty event.

"It is about how guilt and human emotion can tear a family apart and how human beings deal with that. There is something in it that every person can identify with."

Brooks said he was thrilled with the recognition the trailer had received in the US.

"It shows that the Independent Film Industry in Queensland is capable of producing movies of an international standard, especially when we have the backing of a Council that is as supportive as Ipswich City Council has been. Now we look forward to shooting the Feature Film, Long Shadows."

The shoot will take about four-weeks and producers are looking at a cinema release by the end of next year.

The production team for Long Shadows are now in the process of raising funds to make the feature film, and are looking for investors. For more information visit Red Unicorn Production's website at, or email

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