Charlie's Farm maker set for international stardom
THE career of Nambour film-maker Chris Sun may be about to explode after the success of his third locally produced movie.
Since its DVD release on Wednesday, Charlie's Farm has been "going off" with international distribution companies lining up to get a piece of the action.
Mr Sun said the website had been "absolutely smashed" with people trying to buy and rent the DVD.
"People are calling me up and telling me it's the best Australian horror movie they've ever seen," he said.
"Some of the best reviewers in the world have been giving it positive responses."
The film is especially big in Germany, where one distributor has turned it into a double DVD with special features and artwork that have enticed many fans to order international copies.
But the film's success isn't over yet, with Mr Sun remaining tight-lipped about a contract he has signed with one of the biggest DVD distributors in the world.
"It's hard because everyone keeps asking me about this American distributor but all I can say is they're responsible for all the biggest movies in the world," he said.
"They do all the Stallone and Pacino films and here I am, this little guy from Nambour."
The success has been perfectly timed just ahead of shooting for his fourth film Boar, a creature feature film about a rampaging murderous boar in outback Australia.
But Mr Sun said it was never about the money.
"If I was making it for money then I wouldn't be making films," he said.
"I always said I'm going to become the most famous broke f**ker in the country.
"But it looks like things are going to change, even all my other films are getting sales now."
Shooting for Boar will begin in August and Mr Sun plans on giving as many locals a share of his success as possible.
One of them is Year 11 St John's student Griffin Walsh who will be marketed above other lead characters.
Griffin said he was ecstatic to be given the chance.
"I've never done any of that kind of acting before so it's amazing to get an opportunity like this."
But none of this success would have been possible without the help of local investor Debbie Rivers.
After the filming of his second film Daddy's Little Girl, Mr Sun was broke and decided sell the script online.
Mrs Rivers was a fan and offered an exaggerated price before offering to fully finance Charlie's Farm. "She hasn't even seen a return yet but she believes in what I do," Mr Sun said.
"She's the coolest person you'll ever meet."