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Australian horror film The Marshes will have a series of screenings and Q&A events this Halloween in Melbourne, Brisbane and Lismore. The film’s writer and director Roger Scott will participate in special audience Q&A events in each location.
The Marshes had its world premiere at the A Night of Horror Film Festival in December 2017, and screened at the recent Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival. The film was written and directed by Roger Scott, produced by Christine Tan and stars Dafna Kronental (The Menkoff Method), Mathew Cooper (Redfern Now), Sam Delich (Mr. Inbetween) and Eddie Baroo (Wolf Creek, Spin Out) as the violent swagman.
Set deep in a remote marshland, The Marshes follows Dr Pria Anan (Dafna Kronental), a deeply committed university researcher negotiating a high-pressure work environment while fighting to save her beloved marshland ecosystem. But time is not on her side. The future of her research and the marshland depend on her last field trip, accompanying her is friend and rival Ben (Mathew Cooper) and assistant Will (Sam Delich). At first Pria is certain she has control of the world around her however in an environment where her fears begin to overwhelm her tensions mount and control becomes elusive. Doggedly she continues until fear becomes manifest in the form of a horrifying evil and she must abandon science and focus on survival.
The idea for The Marshes came to Roger Scott when he was working as a research assistant in the Macquarie Marshes in NSW’s Central West. Struck by the landscape of billabongs and Coolabah trees, Scott felt the story of Waltzing Matilda was a natural choice for a potent 19th century symbol to subvert. He comments “The Marsheshas been a labour of love, brought to life by an incredibly talented and committed cast and crew. The arduous shoot in the swampy Macquarie Marshes only brought the team closer together, and we are incredibly excited to see the film on the big screen.”
The Marshes is being distributed theatrically in Australia by Athabasca Film. Tickets on sale now.
October 31 at New Farm Cinemas.
Q&A with Roger Scott hosted by Dave Crewe.
November 1 and 2 at The Star Court Theatre
Q&A with Roger Scott on November 1.
You can discover more about the film here.