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Chalking up success

A creative collaboration between volunteer film makers and actors has resulted in a pilot for a television series, made for well under $10,000, which is set to screen at Event Cinemas in Innaloo.

Chalk was filmed at High Flyers Gymnastics Club in Wangara, with scenes shot in Guildford and Woodbridge.

Director Zarah Lee Barrow won a gold Remi Award for her short film Dreaming Awake and cinematographer Rory Henderson also volunteered his expertise.

Chalk is the brainchild of 22-year-old executive producer and scriptwriter Shannon Durham-Dique who wrote the film for a young teenage audience.

The Henley Brook resident penned the high-energy sports-drama, which follows the lives of five young elite gymnasts chasing their dreams to represent Australia.

They have to maintain their scores against competitors around the country, as well as rivals in their own gym, while growing up in a world filled with perfectionistic goals.

Durham-Dique said she was a gymnastics coach, so she intimately knows the world she wrote about.

She said the pilot was initially written at the request of one of her gymnasts and a shout out to a number of Facebook groups got a response from actors in the City of Swan and Kalamunda.

Swan residents Kayla and Keara Nel,  Mia Aquino and numerous non-speaking extras  from Ellenbrook appear in Chalk, as do Kalamunda actors Vincent Sala-Tenna and Georgia Gainher.

The idea for Chalk grew into plans for a YouTube series but it was back to the drawing board shortly after filming started.

Revised plans to create the pilot for a three season mini-series for television soon emerged.

The pilot has found favour with fans through social media and it almost sold out two theatres in Innaloo’s largest cinema in less than 12 hours.

Now Durham-Dique has her sights firmly set on distribution.

“We have been drumming up interest for the project by targeting a niche market which has expanded,” she said.

“If we don’t get picked up by a television network we’ll look at putting Chalk into the festival circuit.”

Chalk will premiere on Sunday, April 30 at Event Cinemas, Innaloo at 6pm.

For tickets contact chalk.tickets@gmail.com

For more information visit www.facebook.com/ChalkTVSeries/

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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  1. Whoo hoo…looking forward to seeing “chalk” …go Georgia!!!

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