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REVIEWS

Sky News Australia - 18th October 2019

Moree Champion - 23rd October 2019

A film that was shot in Moree earlier this year and aims to shine a spotlight on the devastating impact of drought is set to premiere at a private screening in Sydney this week.

Drought, a short film based on a true story, depicts the struggles of young farmer Rob (Matt Oxley) and his wife Sophie (Jacqui Buchanan) as they battle the relentless pressure of the Australian drought.

Link: http://www.moreechampion.com.au/story/6454134/morees-drought-ravaged-plains-feature-in-film-set-to- premiere-friday/?cs=2772

ABC Central Victoria - 23th October 2019

We speak with BEEFitUP Australia Campaign Manager Anita Donlon about what their recent campaign in Central Victoria and she provides an update on one of their initiatives, a short ilm, to premiere Sydney this week.

Drought, based on a true story, depicts the struggles of young farmer Rob (Matt Oxley) and his wife Sophie (Jacqui Buchanan) as they battle the relentless pressure of the Australian drought.

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ABC New England North West - 24th October 2019

A Sydney based production team who shot a short film in Moree earlier this year sets to premiere the film at a private screening in Sydney this week.

Drought, based on a true story, depicts the struggles of young farmer Rob (Matt Oxley) and his wife Sophie (Jacqui Buchanan) as they battle the relentless pressure of the Australian drought.

Timecode 2:36:10 Link:  https://www.abc.net.au/radio/newengland/programs/breakfast/breakfast/11614362

Nambucca Guardian - 29th October 2019

Mental health and suicide have long been taboo topics in rural communities, where farmers are known for their stoicism, strength and a 'she'll be right' attitude.

However, one director is hoping to shine a light on these topics and break the stigma around rural mental health issues through his film Drought, which was filmed in the North West earlier this year and premiered in Sydney on Friday.

Link: http://www.nambuccaguardian.com.au/story/6462627/focus-on-life-in-drought-and-tough-times/?cs=9397

Bellingen Courier - 29th October 2019

Based on a true story, Drought depicts the struggles of young farmer Rob (Matt Oxley) and his wife Sophie (Jacqui Buchanan) as they battle the relentless pressure of the Australian drought.

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As their livelihood is threatened, their relationship begins to suffer," director Nathan Colquhoun said of the film's story.

Link: http://www.bellingencourier.com.au/story/6462627/focus-on-life-in-drought-and-tough-times/?cs=9397

Bendigo Advertiser - 29th October 2019

The Sydney-based director said he was inspired to create a film after hearing about the devastating impacts of the current drought during the media coverage last year.

"I started Googling things and came across the severity of not just the drought but what it was doing to farmers' mental health," Colquhoun said.

Link: http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/6462627/focus-on-life-in-drought-and-tough-times/?cs=7

Northern Daily Leader - 29th October 2019

"Delving deeper and talking to farmers, every farmer I talked to knew someone or was related to someone who had ended their own life on farm. That shocked me, so I started writing a script."

 

Four months later and Colquhoun and his film crew and cast found themselves in Moree, where they spent about a week filming around various properties in the district.

Link: http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/6457502/focus-on-life-in-drought-and-tough-times/?cs=2620

The Courier - 29th October 2019

It premiered to about 150 people - including media, politicians, industry representatives, and even some of the Moree farmers who lent their properties for filming - at a VIP private screening at the Ritz Cinema in Randwick on Friday, October 25 before it hits the international short film festival circuit.

"We've submitted it into a dozen short film festivals, so it's now a waiting process before finding out if we're selected, but we've tried to nut out the very high-end festivals, Academy Award-level, because we want the right people to see it," Colquhoun said.

Link: http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/6462627/focus-on-life-in-drought-and-tough-times/?cs=10229

Daily Liberal - 29th October 2019

With more than double the rate of farmers taking their own lives than their city counterparts, mental health is a serious issue in rural communities and one Colquhoun hopes his film will shine a light on and get people talking.

"Mental health and suicide are often topics pushed under the rug; they're still taboo topics, especially in rural communities," he said.

Link: http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/6462627/focus-on-life-in-drought-and-tough-times/?cs=9397

Wauchope Gazette - 29th October 2019

The harsh reality of life on the land, combined with isolation, financial stress, and the added pressures of drought, on top of a reluctance to seek help, is the reality currently facing many farmers, which is depicted in Drought.

 

"We will see how the slow build of pressure can leave someone feeling hopeless and with no other option," Colquhoun said.

Link: http://www.wauchopegazette.com.au/story/6462627/focus-on-life-in-drought-and-tough-times/?cs=9397

Great Lakes Advocate - 29th October 2019

"I wanted to create a story that doesn't pull any punches and shows it for what it is - devastation when farmers take their own lives. I wanted to tell a story that encapsulates that and shows audiences the brutality of what happens out here."

Not only does Colquhoun hope the film will bring to light the issue of depression and suicide in rural areas, but that it brings greater awareness to city people about the impacts of drought on rural families and communities

Link: http://www.greatlakesadvocate.com.au/story/6462627/focus-on-life-in-drought-and-tough-times/?cs=9397

Goondiwindi Argus - 29th October 2019

"You hear about the drought on the news and you can kind of shut yourself off ... but the power of cinema is that it has the ability to hit you in another emotional level and you can relate more with the characters and the music and cinematography. Whether the drought breaks or not, this film is relatable on so many different levels, so even if the drought wasn't going on at the moment, I'd hope the film would have the same impact, especially regarding mental health issues."

Link: http://www.goondiwindiargus.com.au/story/6462627/focus-on-life-in-drought-and-tough-times/?cs=9397

Mandurah Mail - 29th October 2019

The film has had a few small test screenings and Colquhoun said the reaction has been "very positive" from those who have seen it.

 

"A few farmers have actually watched it and they couldn't go to work the next day because it hit too close to home for them," he said.

Link: http://www.mandurahmail.com.au/story/6462627/focus-on-life-in-drought-and-tough-times/?cs=9397

The Land - 29th October 2019

With hype for Drought building over the past few weeks, Colquhoun said there are now talks about turning it into a feature-length film. There are also discussions about bringing the film out to Moree for a private screening in the coming months for locals interested in seeing it.

 

For more information about the film go to www.droughtshortfilm.com.au.

Link: https://www.theland.com.au/story/6460620/focus-on-life-in-drought-and-tough-times/?cs=4951

South Coast Register - 29th October 2019

Based on a true story, Drought depicts the struggles of young farmer Rob (Matt Oxley) and his wife Sophie (Jacqui Buchanan) as they battle the relentless pressure of the Australian drought.

 

"As their livelihood is threatened, their relationship begins to suffer," director Nathan Colquhoun said of the film's story. 

Link: http://www.southcoastregister.com.au/story/6462627/focus-on-life-in-drought-and-tough-times/?cs=9397

PRESS KIT

The short film Drought is currently in the stages of the International Short Film Festival Circuit. We believe it will certainly cause a build up to the long form feature and we are looking forward to seeing it's prominent run overseas. We will be providing further details as they come available.

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