A MOVIE created and filmed entirely in WA with the help of a local resident will hit cinemas later this month.
Fremantle’s Gavin Head was the director of photography/|cinematography on Bad Girl, a locally produced film written and directed by Fin Edquist and staring Sara West, former Home and Away actors Samara Weaving and Felicity Price and A Place to Call Home’s Ben Winspear.
Head began his career in the 1990s in the camera department, working on films such as Paper Planes and Kill Me Three Times, but has recently stepped away from his first assistant camera role to try his hand at cinematography.
He said the opportunity to work on Bad Girl came out of the blue.
“I got a phone call from one of Australia’s great cinematographers who has been a great mentor and friend,” he said.
“I thought he was ringing to ask if I’d like to assist him on a film but he said ‘no, I’ve got a film that you should go and speak to the producers and directors about shooting’.
“Along with his recommendation they looked at my show reel and offered me the position.”
Bad Girl tells the story of Amy Anderson (West), a stereotypical bad girl who was abandoned at birth and spent the first decade of her life between orphanages and foster homes before being adopted by Michelle and Peter (Price and Winspear), whom she has no intention of accepting as her family.
But soon Amy is fighting to save herself and her adoptive parents from their vengeful estranged biological daughter Chloe (Weaving).
Shot in 2015 in just four weeks, Head said it was great to be able to work on a project at home and he was looking forward to it hitting the screen.
“I haven’t seen it for 12 months, so the release will be the first time I’ve seen it in a while,” he said.
Bad Girl is in cinemas from April 27.