A local author has turned her book, Scribe, into a short film with the help of local Rockingham talent.
The sold-out premiere of The Cry Of Morrow made its big-screen debut last Thursday at United Cinemas in Rockingham with more than 80 locals in attendance.
Author Kez Wickham St George had dreamt about one day having the opportunity to turn a book of hers into a short film, but little did she know that dream would become a reality.
Wickham St George reached out to emerging film-maker Sally Newman, sharing her vision and hopes for the film and soon after the two decided to start production to bring the vision to life.
When Wickham St George had her sights set on creating the film, she wanted to keep everything local and getting Newman’s productions company Lyrical Infusion involved was a no-brainer.
“The whole concept of the movie was to have community connectivity and that’s why we’ve got a Rockingham publisher MMH Press, a Rockingham author myself, and a Rockingham movie producer Sally Newman from Lyrical Infusions,” Wickham St George said.
“It’s been a dream of mine since I would say my late 40s, I just knew that one day my books would be a movie, I didn’t know why or how.”
“Once I told my publisher what my dream was and where I wanted to go with this book, she said … it’s worthy of it,” Wickham St George said.
The film, shot on location at Point Peron and Shoalwater beaches, showcases the work of local creatives and the movie was well received by the audience.
Based on the opening chapter of the book Scribe, the film follows the main character Rose, portrayed by (Tahlia Aitkenhead), who finds herself stranded on an Island with Paddy (Michael Sheehy), as she slowly loses clarity of mind from the hearing the voices of gulls.
Mayor Deb Hamblin was among those to attend the film screening and said was extremely proud to see Rockingham on the big screen.
“Our city has some of the most incredible creatives,” she said.
The film will be entered into the WA and Perth Film Festivals later in the year. Both Newman and Wickham St George have been overwhelmed by the community support for the film and they encouraged people to support local “whenever they can”.