Acclaimed director Nash Edgerton is joining forces with Christiaan and Connor Van Vuuren as part of the creative team to deliver a 4.5 day Screenworks Development Lab for a new feature film Croak. The genre-twisting, science-fiction comedy feature sees a gang of teenagers discover that their biology teacher is harbouring a dark secret with dire consequences.

Screenworks is now calling for applications from early career, regionally-based director/writers who want to participate in the lab which will be held in Gladstone, Queensland from the 4th to 8th November.

The lab promises to provide insight into the filmmaking process. “Writing something that doesn’t suck isn’t as easy as it sounds” said Christiaan Van Vuuren, who is one half of the Van Vuuren Bros, “directing something that doesn’t suck isn’t as easy as it sounds either” quipped Connor Van Vuuren. “As well as being lots of laughs, Croak tackles important environmental questions through the eyes of teenagers in regional Australia,” says producer Chloe Rickard.

Screenworks has partnered with Jungle Entertainment and Midwinter Films for the Croak Feature Development Lab, which received funding through Screen Australia’s Enterprise Ideas program and investment support from Screen Queensland. A total of five regional early career writer/directors from across Australia will be selected to participate in the lab, including at least two from regional Queensland. Each selected participant will be paid a fee of $4,500 in addition to having travel to Gladstone and accommodation expenses covered.

For further information contact Screenworks 02 6681 1188

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