Thank God There’s Not A War On, a short film exploring a generational gap.

Film producer Brett Dowson and director Tim Barretto with Mike Walker from the North Perth Bowling Club. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d428871
Film producer Brett Dowson and director Tim Barretto with Mike Walker from the North Perth Bowling Club. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d428871

A SHORT film set at the North Perth Bowling Club explores how Generation Y would cope if a war broke out.

Thank God There’s Not A War On, which was funded with grants from the City of Vincent and Film and Television Institute (FTI), is in the post-production stage and will premiere at the Fringe World’s Rooftop Cinema for the Bohemia Film Festival early next year.

The City grant was for a narrative story based on an incident in Vincent.

Most of the film crew are local residents.

Gerald Lillywhite wrote the script for the film after hearing comments from a regular at the North Perth Bowling Club.

Producer Brett Dowson said when the writer and some of his mates walked into the club wearing typical Generation Y clothes, the regular said ‘thank God there’s not a war on’.

‘It was all in good fun but the writer went away and pondered on this moment,’ Mr Dowson said.

‘Is there some truth to that? If there was a war, would we as a generation be capable and do we have any idea of the sacrifices the generations before us have made?

‘Rather than investigate whether we’d be capable if a war eventuated, we explored a story that paid homage to the generations that worked so hard to prevent anything like it even occurring.’

Mr Dowson said the bowling club encouraged the film.

‘It was a privilege for emerging film makers, such as ourselves, to delve into a story about the generational gap,’ he said.