ELDERS ART: Crossroad Arts filmed a short film after running workshops over four weeks with elderly residents at BlueCare's Glen Eden aged care facility. Ellie, Elsie, Norm and Woodt enjoyed working with actor Kyla Williams.
ELDERS ART: Crossroad Arts filmed a short film after running workshops over four weeks with elderly residents at BlueCare's Glen Eden aged care facility. Ellie, Elsie, Norm and Woodt enjoyed working with actor Kyla Williams. Mike Richards

Gladstone seniors star in film roles

ELDERLY Gladstone residents this week became actors in a film adaptation of Homer's Odyssey, and the scene they produced, called Penelope's Loom, went live on Thursday.

Steve Mayer-Miller is Crossroad Arts artistic director.

"The response has been terrific," he said. "We wanted to break the mould, that there is life in aged care centres. It's not just a waiting room for God."

Acting, art and film production workshops were held over four weeks with residents of Blue Care's Edenvale and Hibiscus Gardens facilities, who were involved in all aspects of the scene's production.

The film is based on the ancient Greek epic Odyssey, in which Odysseus' wife Penelope waits for him to return from the 10-year Trojan war.

"While she's making this loom, she has suitors wanting to marry her, not believing he will return," Mayer-Miller said.

The film's theme came from residents themselves.

"People talked a lot about wanting to go home. It's a constant narrative. So we thought okay, what is a story we could look at? And we chose, of all things, Homer's Odyssey."

The Gladstone workshops were part of an inter-generational project, Finding Ithaka, which involved residents at Biloela, Dysart, Mackay, and will culminate in the screening of the final production in November.