Sherbrooke Down - Movie Trailer Promo

Help Us Make Our "Proof of Concept" Movie Trailer for this great Australian Feature Film Project!!!   


Background

"SHERBROOKE DOWN" is an exciting new Australian history/biography/drama feature film currently in development and is based on two untold true stories from Australia's past.  

Set in 1902-1903, during the lengthy Federation drought, a thriving rural community comes under threat from a government dam project that will destroy their homes, farms and livelihoods.  Whilst setting out to depict the effects of the callous loss of the village and the emotional loss to it’s inhabitants, the second true story depicts the 'day to day' social dramas within the community, leading up to the resumption.

The long lost village of Sherbrooke, New South Wales was a thriving fruit growing village which was resumed in 1903 by the State Government to build the Cataract Dam during the Great Federation  Drought .   The story is a true account of the human cost of these resumptions, with the villagers forced off their farms, homes and lands without consultation and just compensation.  Little trace of Sherbrooke now exists as it was ultimately inundated by the rising Dam waters.

Wollongong Writer/Producer/Director and Australian Country Music star James Stewart Keene was inspired to tell this story through the eyes of his great, great grandmother Evangeline, who lived in Sherbrooke and was one of those villagers, rich or poor, to lose their home.    This story will be made into an entertaining and thought provoking feature film set in 1903 and will have wide appeal, not only in Australia but overseas as well.


What Your Money Will Be Spent On...

Donations from this campaign will be directly spent to deliver a high quality teaser trailer to "prove" our concept.  It will be in the form of a 6-7 min movie trailer that inspires the audience and our future investors to come on board and make this film.   

Making any feature length film is a long road.  This promo trailer is an important part of our first phase of the project's development, and along with our script, it will help our team get this movie project in front of serious investors in the film industry.  


Rewards for Donating

Apart from the Good Vibes and Great Karma your donation brings, all donors will be enrolled in our Sherbrooke Down Movie Fan Club so that you are kept up to date with all news, gossip and milestones of the film.  We will also be offering members exclusive giveaways and opportunities to meet the cast and crew from time to time.  Depending on your level of donation, we will offer you rewards by Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum or Sherbrooke Descendant’s memberships.   


Bronze -  $20 up to $100 donation
.   Donors will receive a complimentary and exclusive invitation to the Teaser Trailer Premiere, to be held in Wollongong once the trailer is completed.   The Premiere will be an Exclusive event and will include a Q&A evening with the Director, Producers and select cast.    Doners will be included in the Teaser Trailer AND Feature Film scrolling credits AND on our website as a financial contributor.

Sherbrooke Descendants VIP - $250 donation.   A special membership level for descendants of families from Sherbrooke, NSW.   Have your ancestors’ photo included in our closing credits of the Feature Film once completed.  Sherbrooke VIP’s also receive Silver member benefits.  Conditions apply.

Silver - $500 donation.  Donors will receive the benefits of Bronze membership PLUS a complimentary Official Sherbrooke Down Movie A2 Sized Memorabilia Poster, signed by cast and crew.

Gold – $1000 donation.  Donors will receive the benefits of Silver membership PLUS they will be invited to be in the Teaser Trailer or Feature Film in a walk-on part.  Conditions Apply.

Platinum – $5000 plus investment.  Donors will receive the benefits of Gold memberships PLUS Associate Producer status PLUS entitlement to a Financial stake, as company shares, in our production company, Aloft Australian Productions Pty Ltd.  Shareholders will be entitled to tax incentives, as well a Dividend upon the Feature Film making a profit. 

 
Full Length Feature – The Story

Here’s a short synopsis of Sherbrooke Down, once it’s been completed:

'SHERBROOKE DOWN' is inspired by two intertwining true Australian stories.  Set in 1902-1903, during the lengthy Federation drought, a thriving rural community comes under threat from a government dam project that will destroy their homes, farms and livelihoods.  

At this time, Evangeline and Matthew Keene and their family settle in Sherbrooke to rekindle their hopes and dreams after bankruptcy.  When they befriend local larrikin school teacher Mr. Stevens, they become embroiled in a feud with the highly respected and wealthy owners of Waratah Orchard and Manor, Sarah and Charles Grey.

Amidst the recriminations, Charles invites his American friend, the agriculturalist William Williamsburg, to help with the expansion of the orchard.  William discovers that underneath the veneer of a friendly and close-knit community, simmering tensions are threatening to boil over.   Evangeline and Sarah are two women on very different sides of the fence.  As rumour and innuendo circulate throughout the village, they find themselves running headlong into a fiery collision course.  

Meanwhile, as the severe drought threatens Sydney's water supply, the government eyes off Sherbrooke's lifeblood, the Cataract River, to build a mega dam that will satisfy the demands of the thirsty City.  Realising what is at stake, the two feuding families and their matriarchs must somehow put aside their prejudices and mistrust of each other to fight for what they both may lose. 

But will it be too little, too late?


Our Director of Photography/Co-Director


Bradley J. Conomy - Biography

Bradley is a Sydney-based Director of Photography with work spanning feature documentaries, Television Commercials  and short-form narrative.  Bradley has a bias towards organic, handheld camera work, married with a strong working knowledge of natural lighting and a willingness to move fast and embrace run-and-gun production, Bradley has built a portfolio full of energy, emotion and realistic beauty.

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James Stewart-Keene 
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Steve Mcnaughton 
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