Actors Simon Laherty and Sonia Teuben and director Bruce Gladwin from internationally acclaimed Back to Back Theatre, a professional theatre company with an ensemble of actors with disabilities at its core, will attend the world premiere of the company’s debut short feature Oddlands at Adelaide Film Festival on Tuesday 10 October 2017.
Written and directed by Bruce Gladwin and produced by Back to Back Theatre in collaboration with Matchbox Pictures, Oddlands is a darkly humorous 30-minute film. Following its AFF premiere the film will go on to air on ABC TV in early 2018.
Simon Laherty and Sonia Teuben take on the roles of Des and Tam, members of a clean-up crew in a strange toxic wasteland. It’s a lousy job, but it’s the best they can get, and it may just get them what they want. When they stumble upon what may be the wasteland’s last human survivor, these determined but lowly Level 7s will have to decide between saving humanity or saving themselves.
Oddlands is a story about two unlikely heroes who manage to find a little hope in the strangest of places. The question is, what will they do when they find it? Oddlands also features Jacek Koman (Jack Irish, The Warriors) and seasoned theatre actor Robin Ramsay (The Damnation of Harvey McHugh). In addition, Belinda McClory (The Doctor Blake Mysteries) lends her voice to the production as the voice of corporate juggernaut, Civix.
As with all of Back to Back Theatre’s work, Oddlands was developed in collaboration with the ensemble actors of the company and Artistic Director Bruce Gladwin. Working in the medium of film has presented a new challenge for Gladwin, who acknowledges that while he is on a steep learning curve, he is excited to bring this story to a wider television audience.
Oddlands received seed funding from the HIVE Fund, an Adelaide Film Festival initiative supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Screen Australia and ABC Arts. Oddlands has also received endorsement from Film Victoria via Assigned Production Investment Fund for Film & Television and its Regional Location Assistance Fund, as well as the Thyne Reid Foundation, The Anthony Costa Foundation and the City of Greater Geelong.
Details on the film’s world premiere can be found here.