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Imagine going to the cinema and seeing a movie performed LIVE on the stage. It’s cinema in the flesh … or script alive! as it’s really called, and it’s unique to Melbourne’s Nova Cinema, on Carlton’s famous Lygon Street. The first edition of script alive for 2008 (April 22) is set to be a night to remember, with the Cairnes’ brothers’ (Colin and Cameron), 100 Bloody Acres horror-comedy movie being performed by a high profile cast, and directed by Colin Cairnes.

Three young people are on their way to a music festival, deep in country Victoria, when an unexpected detour takes them to the secluded property of Lindsay and Reg Morgan, owners of a struggling “blood and bone” business. Over the course of one terrifying afternoon, five characters will come to realise that relationships can be bloody hard work, especially when someone’s trying to turn you into fertiliser. The cast includes Ashley Zuckerman (who played Timms recently in The Melbourne Theatre Company production of The History Boys); Patrick Harvey and Kate Keltie of Neighbours fame; Jason Gann (who co-created, co-wrote and starred in the Tropfest winning short film Wilfred and was in Thunderstruck ,The Illustrated Family Doctor and Gettin' Square, but is perhaps best known to Australian audiences as Mark Wary, the apologising sportsman on Network Ten’s The Wedge; John Brumpton (who plays Vince Love in Underbelly) and John Hunt (from East West 101).

“100 Bloody Acres,” says the Nova, “is a genre-bending horror-comedy with sympathetic villains, flawed heroes, thrills, spills, twists and turns, and a rich vein of black humour.”

"flair for writing entertaining screenplays"

Colin and Cameron Cairnes’ flair for writing entertaining screenplays has received substantial recognition over the past couple of years; in 2006 they received development funding for their comedy-horror, 100 Bloody Acres, through Film Victoria’s New Feature Writers scheme, and went on to receive further draft-to-draft investment for the same script in 2007.

More recently, their new short film, beggar’s Belief, went down a treat with audiences at the 2008 Sony Tropfest Finals. The slightly twisted comedy is the latest in a succession of shorts that have been recognised at festivals around the world (London Film Fest, Palm Springs, Interfilm Berlin). Other successful shorts penned and directed by the brothers include the 2002 St. Kilda Film Festival Best Comedy, They Shoot Hostages, Don’t They? and the 2005 St. Kilda Film Festival Best Achievement in Video winner This Is Melbourne …Wow.

When not working as a fraternal writing/directing team, the brothers might be seen editing (Cameron was one of the editors on the last two seasons of (Thank God You’re Here), directing TV in Asia (Colin lived in Singapore for five years where he was instrumental in developing some of the region’s most popular shows), or eating Peking Duck on Smith Street.

"atmosphere is always fantastically electric"

“The script alive! atmosphere is always fantastically electric,” says Isobel Hutchinson of the Nova team, “conjuring a unique and extemporary hot house environment where the public, industry and creative personnel/teams can all connect, debate (and sometimes laugh, sometimes cry!) all in one space. Looking For Alibrandi started it’s life as a script alive! project and another reading featured Emily Browning cast in the lead role who later starred in Lemoney Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events with Jim Carrey.”

The script reading is followed by a Q&A and the audience is asked to fill in a questionnaire. “We then all adjourn in Cinema Nova’s downstairs foyer for drinks offering a chance for interested parties to network,” says Isobel.

Script Alive! Was first supported by Film Victoria in 1999, and 100 Bloody Acres is the first of six new readings supported by Film Victoria.

Published April 10, 2008

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Colin and Cameron Cairnes

Cinema Nova
380 Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne
Tuesday April 22, 2008, 6.00pm
Tickets: $11 full / $8 concession
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