Gladstone man creates more opportunities for filmmakers
SYDNEY film maker, Luke Graham first came to Gladstone to make the feature film, Broke but he didn't expect to find 'a cinematographer's dream'.
Now Graham (pictured) plans to stay in Central Queensland and has signed an agreement with CQUniversity to develop the Capricorn Film Institute.
"The location here is amazing," he said.
"I'm a city boy so I'd never seen heavy industry before…it's a fantastic landscape and a cinematographer's dream."
With no film and television industry in the region, Graham plans to create a hub with courses ranging from Cert I to Diploma in Film and Television starting at all CQU campuses in 2016.
"The agreement is signed off and ready to implement, so this is very exciting for us," Graham said.
"The Sundance Film Festival started out in a café in the middle of nowhere.
"I want a film hub which educates and mentors emerging film makers to become world beaters…we can do that here."
Plans are also underway for Capricorn World Cinema in Gladstone, a monthly art house cinema incorporating food and wine and showing first release, overseas films.
Graham's next project is a feature film around around suicide and deals with the issue head on.
"We have to do this right...we're not at a stage yet where we understand how we deal with suicide, but we can talk about it," he said.