Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

When City Developers Take over Everybody Changes

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

When City Developers Take over Everybody Changes

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Byline: KUE DAVIS

LOVE, mateship and honour. Three definitive Australian traits. So there's no surprise that they're the three main discussion points surrounding the much-anticipated new Australian film, Subdivision.

Co-written by Ashley Bradnam and directed by the acclaimed Sarah Watt, Subdivision explores the trials and tribulations of a small town battling against development - among other things.

Bradnam plays Jack Kelly, a young man who works for his father, Digger, building homes in the small town community of Hervey Bay.

Deeply involved in the community, their world is threatened by the arrival of a corporate southern property developer led by a young hot Tiffany (Brooke Satchwell).

When local developer Harry goes bankrupt, the whole town is thrown into turmoil - Digger and Jack fall out and Jack goes out on his own.

It's a highly emotional script that many small towns fighting development will relate to.

For Bradnam, seeing the film on screen is almost too good to be true.

"I have been working on this film for about six years, so it's been a long time in the making," he said.

"I felt such a strong connection to Jack; I knew I wanted to play him."

Bradnam, who is one of the Breakfast Crew on Nova 106.9 in Brisbane, being behind the camera instead of the microphone was a challenge - but one he relished.

"It was great. Creatively and professionally it was the best fun. There were some techniques I had to adjust to but it sort of just came to me."

So how did it feel for Bradnam - a largely inexperienced actor - to make his acting debut beside one of the greats, Gary Sweet?

"Oh he was a pain in the arse," Bradnam joked.

"No, I had never acted before so he had a bit of fun with me - he's a really funny guy. We would rehearse a shot and then he'd say 'That was really great - but maybe next time you could do it in a more heterosexual manner'. Or you'd be in a shot and look off camera and he was there with his finger up his nose pulling a face. …

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