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Crazy Days about to hit local screens

One of Australia's most acclaimed actors David Gulpilil in a scene from Crazy Days at the Old Brumby Moon.
One of Australia's most acclaimed actors David Gulpilil in a scene from Crazy Days at the Old Brumby Moon.

CRAZY Days at the Old Brumby Moon - a self-proclaimed "Territory film so Territory you can smell the bulldust and cow manure in every gripping scene and so epic it makes the Burke and Wills expedition look like a walk down to the bottlo” - is about to hit silver screens around the NT.

The low budget film was recently produced in the Northern Territory by well-known local bushie entertainer and author Phil O'Brien.

"It is a comedy/drama with a generous sprinkling of dry Aussie humour,” Phil said.

"It's possibly drier than that old bit of pie crust you found under the seat of your car.”

Phil said the budget for the movie, which featured a number of well-known Territorians, could only be described as paper thin.

He said despite the challenges thrown up by the lack of a decent budget, the cast and crew thrived on optimism and were dedicated to the task of churning out another "cracker”.

The film was shot predominantly among the rustic charm of Mount Bundy Station in the Top End.

It follows in the footsteps of Phil's first no-budget spectacular, On Tour and Lookin for a Feed.

The promo poster for Phil O'Brien's latest movie, Crazy Days at the Old Brumby Moon.
The promo poster for Phil O'Brien's latest movie, Crazy Days at the Old Brumby Moon.

"Crazy Days at the Old Brumby Moon is a real celebration of low budget filmmaking and what can be achieved when a community gets together,” Phil said.

The movie follows the trials and tribulations of an outback drifter, who has been playing it hard for way too long, as he tries to finally pick up the pieces of his life.

After trying to drink Darwin dry, and a conflict at a local pub, he decides to head back out bush to start life again at his old, one-horse home town of Corrella Springs.

There's not much at Corrella Springs, a few houses, some crazy characters and a well frequented pub, the Brumby Moon. As he hitches out of town he discovers someone has had more bad luck than him ... his old mate Ben the Cattleman has been killed in an accident.

Ben's daughters are now left to carry on somehow on the drought-stricken property, with the bank breathing down their necks.

The movie stars Phil O'Brien, Australian acting legend David Gulpilil, Daniel Tapp, Al Zimdahl, Elisa Guittet, Alizee Sery, Chrisney Bright, Kellie Arrowsmith and the Rural Weekly's resident bush poet Waldo Bayley, just to name a few.

The film will be screened at the Alice Springs Cinema on November 3 at 7pm, Katherine Cinema on November 7 at 7pm and at the Charles Darwin Film Festival on November 12. The 90-minute movie is rated E, which Phil said stands for "just a bloody Epic!”.

Topics:  cinema comedy drama


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