Cameras roll at Callaghan Park as part of new Aussie drama

TIMELY AND TOPICAL: Luke Graham is producer on the movie, Broke, which tells the story of a former footy star’s battle with a gambling addiction.
TIMELY AND TOPICAL: Luke Graham is producer on the movie, Broke, which tells the story of a former footy star’s battle with a gambling addiction. Allan Reinikka Rokabroke

BEN "BK" Kelly is a washed-up rugby league star battling a gambling addiction.

He is trying to tackle his demons and is desperate to win back the respect of his community.

Ben, played by acclaimed actor Steve Le Marquand, is the lead character in the new Australian drama, Broke.

The movie is being produced by Luke Graham, son of New Zealand rugby league legend Mark Graham, and directed by Heath Davis.

Cameras rolled at Rockhampton's Callaghan Park yesterday as a pivotal scene was filmed on the racetrack.

Luke was impressed with the facilities and the reception the cast and crew received.

"Everyone has been really supportive," he said. "They are pulling out all the stops to make this the best day for us."

Given his father's involvement in league, Luke developed a love for the game at an early age.

He played until he was 20 but found he was drawn to film-making over football.

Luke said Broke was a story he was keen to tell, given that a number of high-profile rugby league players, some of whom he knew, had battled gambling addictions.

And in what is believed to be a national first, the NRL is financially backing the film.

"It's timely and topical," Luke said during a break in filming. "But above all it is a celebration of the human spirit, much like our great game is."

Much of the filming, which will wrap up this weekend, has been done in Gladstone.

Luke said he could not be happier with how the movie was progressing and that he and Heath were able to enlist the actors they wanted.

"We've got actors who are used to working on films with a $10 million budget working on our no-budget film," he said.

Broke will be released during the 2015 NRL season.

Luke said a portion of the profits would go to sporting and community groups across Central Queensland.

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