Local filmmakers Jim McLeod and Natisha Strudwick won the Rocky Fringe Short Film Competition for their film Keys.
Local filmmakers Jim McLeod and Natisha Strudwick won the Rocky Fringe Short Film Competition for their film Keys. Chris Ison

Filmmakers follow Tarantino script

LIKE Quentin Tarantino, Jim McLeod and Natisha Strudwick started out working in a video store recommending movies to customers.

They've now ventured into short films and hope to make it big in the film industry - the same as Tarantino who is famed for flicks like Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds.

And they're well on their way.

Jim and Natisha's short film Keys won first place in Rocky Fringe Short Film Competition last month.

The five-minute film was an anti-drug montage, about a man ready to make a decision about freeing himself from drugs or turning back to it.

Jim, 27, said they were looking for something “extreme” for their film that was still part of society, and hallucination scenes allowed them to be creative.

It's the first film Jim and Natisha, 32, have made together, but both have plenty of film making experience.

“It's kind of ironic we work at Video Ezy,” Jim said.

“We're like Rocky Tarantinos. We love movies otherwise we would do it.”

There were 10 entries in the local Fringe competition, which had to include the signature item 'hot' in some form.

Jim and Natisha did everything themselves including scouting local actor Mark Roberts, who got a special commendation for his acting from judge Alex Broun.

Mr Broun, a Sydney award-winning script writer, has encouraged Jim and Natisha to enter Keys into national film festivals.

Jim said during filming they had plenty of local support - strangers offering their backyards and a newsagency allowing them to shoot a shoplifting scene at their shop.

Other special commendations went to Rockhampton's Shannon George for directing The Last Mile, Rolleston's Larissa Rolfe for the script of For Troy and both Rockhampton's Brittany Gunter and Jon Bargon for their music in the films.



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