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Help take outback thriller to world festivals

Jan 15, 2013

The Australian outback becomes a home for murderous intentions in the short film adaption of award-winning thriller ‘The Colour of Kerosene,’ in which five TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts (AC Arts) graduates have landed roles.

The story, written by Cameron Raynes, tells the haunting tale of a struggling taxi driver who becomes stranded in the outback with an empty petrol tank and four murderous passengers.

The film takes viewers on a rollercoaster of raw emotion and danger, building into an action-packed climax – all of which is quite a feat for the film’s 15 minute duration and tight budget.

Producer Eleanor Perry, who graduated from AC Arts with an Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media in 2010, said the cast and crew volunteered their efforts to create the project, but still require vital funding to enter it into competitions and festivals.

“Entering the film into festivals is very important. It’s the reason we make short films, so people can watch them,” she said.

“As emerging filmmakers it’s also really important to start to make a name for ourselves.”

The screenplay has already won the Media Resource Centre’s Raw Nerve Initiative, and Eleanor believes the team have a good chance at submitting the completed film into festivals.

“We are setting our sights pretty high, but we really believe we have a great little film,” she said.

To support ‘The Colour of Kerosene’ and help the team reach their target of $3000 by Wednesday, 23 January, head to and pledge some money.

“All money raised goes directly to getting the film into festivals. There’s a bunch of great rewards for donating,” Eleanor said.

“You can also like us on Facebook at for great behind the scenes videos, photos and updates from the filmmakers.”

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