HOME-GROWN: Madeleine Kennedy will shoot a movie with singer Pete Murray (inset) at Caloundra in October.
HOME-GROWN: Madeleine Kennedy will shoot a movie with singer Pete Murray (inset) at Caloundra in October. Patrick Woods

Pete Murray lands starring role in Coast film

SINGER-songwriter Pete Murray will step off the stage and in front of the camera for the first time when a new film is shot on the Sunshine Coast.

The beaches of Caloundra will be the stage for Thicker Than Water, produced by and starring local actress Madeleine Kennedy.

The 24-year-old, who has come fresh from starring in the slasher film Charlie's Farm, will start shooting Thicker Than Water in late October.

She is determined to follow in Charlies Farm director Chris Sun's footsteps to show why the Sunshine Coast is an ideal location for making movies.

Ms Kennedy produced and featured in Murray's upcoming video clip and the two stayed in touch.

Thicker Than Water will act as a catalyst for Murray's movie pursuits when he plays a recovering drug addict.

The film explores the fragility of family: the one we are born into, the one we choose, and the one we try to escape. The story is centred on a coastal family and their struggles to deal with the return of the eldest brother, a recovering drug addict.

"Pete Murray has been creative with his music but he was eager to find a new outlet...he read about the film, read the script and fell in love with the character," Ms Kennedy said.

"I wanted to feature my home town so I've done all the operations and now the film will be 80% in Moffat and Caloundra and a little in Coolum and a few days will be in Brisbane.''

Acting has and always will be my passion and drive, but now we are in an industry where we need to be multifaceted and producing comes as a natural strength to me, so I've merged the two together to create my own company.

"That also gives me a chance to give new emerging talent a launching pad."

Miss Kennedy has assembled a stellar cast including Anthony Brandon Wong, Brad McMurray, Chai Romruen, Pete Murray, James McEnery and Ellie Popov.

Thicker Than Water is due for theatrical release later next year.
 


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