From the creative minds of Brisbane and Gold Coast filmmakers comes the raw thriller drama Talking Back At Thunder. The story is set on the coastline of Central and Northern Queensland and follows the journey of Jacob, living with an anxiety and trauma he has kept hidden from his friends and family all his life. Jessie Ryan-Allen had the opportunity to get the scoop on Talking Back At Thunder when talking to actor/writer/co-director, Aaron Davison.
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What was your motivation to make this film? One of my best mates and myself were discussing the amount of young blokes from Queensland provincial towns that we knew of who had committed suicide. Like everyone else, we wondered why.
Tell us a bit about the cast and the auditioning process. We were fortunate enough to have access to some great actors via my agent. I knew them all, and their work, so the audition component was very brief, if at all. Most of the cast are drama school graduates from NIDA, QUT, and USQ, so the calibre is very high.
What was the biggest challenge in making this film? There are always challenges with anything worthwhile, as you know. They were minor, though, and eclipsed by our amazing crew. I cannot compliment my co-director Este Heyns and the crew enough. Incredibly diligent people who are not only a pleasure to work with, but very fun to be around. Their level of professionalism is truly admirable.
After watching the film what do you hope the audience will take away from it? I’m pretty sure there are no definitive answers. Maybe an answer’s not necessary, either. I’m fairly certain that people will be more attuned to the plight of others, though. The possible inner demons one is facing alone. That’s never a bad thing.
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To watch the trailer and buy tickets to a screening on 10 December visit talkingbackatthunder.com.