Audience to choose ending for Murdoch-shot film

October 2, 2013

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Staff, students and the public are encouraged to get involved in the promotion of a new short film drama which features Associate Professor Mick Broderick as co-story writer and producer.

Shot on Murdoch University’s South Street campus, Excursion is a harrowing docu-drama style story that looks at the issue of school shootings – from a non-conventional point of view.

“Director and producer Stuart Bender and I were troubled by the recurrence of these mass shootings worldwide and were frustrated by how the media obsesses about the killers while largely ignoring the experiences of the victims and survivors,” Professor Broderick said.

“We wanted to subtly raise awareness of their trauma and look at how those who went through the ordeal are left to ponder the consequences of their actions and their inactions. This led to the idea of Excursion.

“We’re extremely happy with how the film has come together, thanks in large part to the crew and cast, who gave their time in the belief that our project was worthwhile.”

The filmmakers are now looking to submit the film into competition at a number of film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Cannes and Sundance.

To undertake this ambitious goal, they have created a Pozible crowd-funding campaign, one with a number of rewards and incentives for supporters.

These begin at the $10 level, which comes with a ticket to the film’s screening at Belmont Reading Cinemas and a chance to decide which of two proposed endings the film should have. Audiences online can also download the film and vote for their preferred ending.

A $200 donation includes a one-hour pitch session with the producers on filmmaking and/or a Pozible campaign, while higher tiered pledges include prominent Associate and Executive Producer credits.

“We wanted people to feel that they had a certain ownership of the film. Everyone who supports the film can have a say on its ending, whether they come in at $10, $25 or more,” Professor Broderick said.

“This is a film whose message is important to everyone, so the more help we get in sending it to international festivals, the better.”

Professor Broderick has a lengthy track record of conducting applied research into media representation and trauma through his involvement in the Messages of Hope project for survivors of the Rwandan Genocide and through work with communities dealing with the impact of atmospheric nuclear testing.

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