Choose your own terror at film festival

BEHIND THE TERROR: Whyalla local Eliza Clayton navigating a dim corridoor during the shooting of a scene for "The Book". Photo: supplied.

BEHIND THE TERROR: Whyalla local Eliza Clayton navigating a dim corridoor during the shooting of a scene for "The Book". Photo: supplied.

A locally-made interactive film where the audience get to choose how the story plays out headlines the Regional Film Festival set to hit the Middleback Arts Centre stage this weekend.

Produced and acted by the D'faces of Youth Arts group "The Book" is a spooky movie perfect for Halloween, starring locals Eliza Clayton and Claire Asperti and helmed by Adelaide director Chirstopher Bond.

It will be joined by Shiva Baby in the feature film slot, which was screened at the Adelaide Film Festival and is guaranteed to leave you in tears - of laughter!

These feature films will be complimented by short films from the 2021 60 Second Film Festival, including the finalists from the 2020 and 2019 events.

The Short Film Program will include local works such as Where is Stephanie, The Choclatier and The Cage all produced by D'Faces, and two of Jack Smith's films - Shadow Within and Le Mostique Doit Mourir.

Festival Director Michal Hughes said "The Book" was a Country Arts funded project which she wrote and then developed the plot with D'faces.

"We had a week-long shoot with local young actors and we had a professional director from Adelaide and a professional cinemetographer from the Clare Valley," she said.

"Since we did the interactive film project we got a big cohort involved in the drama group who were older teenagers, and they are really excited about filmmaking.

"It's been a really great outcome, they've made quite a lot of films this year."

Ms Hughes said it was great to see the festival grow and the community get involved in making films.

"We've had some really amazing stuff made by Whyalla locals so it's been fantastic to have something feel very local happening and celebrate local talent," she said.

The Regional Film Festival will be held on Saturday, October 16, and will be broken down into two screenings:

Short Film Screening - 5pm-6pm

Free Event featuring short films from across Whyalla and South Australia, and a screening of the 2021 60 Second Film Festival finalists.

Feature Screening - 7:00pm

Celebrate spooky season with a premiere screening of "The Book", a locally made interactive short film, in which you, the audience, control the story, then settle in for our feature film "Shiva Baby" (M)