The voice of older Australians

Gold Logie winner Hazel Phillips OAM, will lead the cast in Edna, a moving short film looking at life and love through the eyes of those who have been around the longest, but don’t always get heard.

Hazel Phillips will join a group of young filmmakers in rural south-east Queensland next month to commence work on this ground-breaking cinematic work. Philips plays Edna, an eccentric older lady who reflects the oft-overlooked spirit and strength of older Australians. She runs away from a nursing home and embarks on a chaotic and moving journey to share one last bottle of whiskey with her late husband, Richard.

The film joins a growing call for re-examination of our society’s relationship to its oldest citizens, as Australia’s population continues to age. At the same time the film draws attention to the remarkable achievements of young people. Arabella Morton, who starred in the Narnia movie, Village of the Dawn Trader, plays the part of Edna’s granddaughter.

The production team is looking for locals who share an interest in this issue to ‘help give Edna a voice’ by contributing small donations via the film’s website, www.ednafilm.com.

Based on a script written by Isabella Baldwin and directed by Bond University scholarship winner Jake Brown, the film is being produced in partnership with Bond University. Filming will commence at Millmerran, Queensland, in late September, with an anticipated release in November this year.

Further information on production and screenings can be found at www.ednafilm.com.

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