A production with pathos

PASSION FOR THE ARTS: Andy Carbone and son Banjo.
PASSION FOR THE ARTS: Andy Carbone and son Banjo. Jazmyne Aria van Gosliga

GROWING up in Central Queensland, Andrew Carbone loved hearing stories about locals and their lives.

Now his passion for richly detailed and fiercely truthful stories is portrayed through the medium of film.

When he finished school, Mr Carbone began working in stock camps, mustering and droving cattle on large cattle stations.

The now writer/director said it was during this time he decided to pursue a career in the arts.

"I decided to go to drama school, and when I finished in 2007 I moved to Sydney and began acting, that's how it all started,” he said.

Mr Carbone is now part of Australian film production company, Droving Productions, with Romany Lee and Candice Storey.

The team met at university and after gaining years of experience in the Australian film and television industry, decided to join forces.

Based in Sydney, the company's mission is to create authentic and original material.

Droving Productions has just wrapped its second short film, Shooter.

"The theme is male depression and suicide in regional areas,” Mr Carbone said.

"It's about a widowed roo shooter with two kids and debt, and his struggle of not being able to cope with everything.

"It shines light on something that I and a lot of others in regional areas have been affected by, or know someone who has,” he said.

"Personally, I've had close mates commit suicide.

"There are a lot of great organisations out there that do great things for the cause but we wanted to put a different take on it, put it in a narrative form.

"But it was very important to be authentic and truthful to the issue.”

Shooter's cast is impressive.

It includes AFI-winning actor Clayton Watson (Howzat, The Matrix Trilogy and Always Greener) and Roy Billing (Underbelly).

ACTION: A still from the film Shooter.
ACTION: A still from the film Shooter. Zoe White

After its first short film Waiting For Rain got a showing at the international film festival Flickerfest, the team had high hopes for Shooter.

"We are now in post production,” Mr Carbone said.

"If all goes to plan we will be finished in June.”

Another Central Queensland local has also been involved with the project.

Emerald's Collette Hooper was brought on as executive producer for the film.

With a lifelong love of the arts, Ms Hooper has coached ballet students since 2006.

Mr Carbone's grand- mother, June Hawkins, and Ms Hooper's mother, Pat Hooper, were lifelong best friends from growing up on the land.

Ms Hooper said it was an easy decision to come on board.

She said that as a director, Mr Carbone made magic happen.

"The film is exquisitely beautiful,even though it is intensely sad,” she said.

It takes about $35,000 to get a film like Shooter off the ground.

Droving productions raised $25,000 through crowd funding and donations, but needed another $10,000 to finish the film.

After post production Droving Productions will aim to get Shooter into top-tier film festivals around the world.

It also hopes for private screenings in regional areas, and possibly Central Queensland.

You can find out more about the film and contact the trio to donate at

Topics:  droving productions mental health short film

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Council: desex your pet

RIGHT DECISION: Pete Stoneman, his sons and their three dogs, CQ Pet Rescue president Susan Consedine and council ranger John Sykes.

Find out how you can get discounted desexing for your pet.

Nominate your business today

TNC Cranes and H.E.M.E. were jointly crowned 2015 Central Highlands Business ofthe Year.

Central Highlands Business Excellence Awards nominations are open.

Called upon to share his faith

IN SERVICE: Reverend Jim Pearson in his office reflecting on Anzac Day. Rev Pearson led the prayers at the Emerald services.

Uniting Church minister reflects on Anzac Day

Local Partners

Ice trafficker cops death threat, then jail

Gladstone woman remanded in custody for her own safety after death threat from bikie is jailed for trafficking ice

Toowoomba woman's Africa trip to share song

HERE TO HELP: Women in Harmony music director Elaine Coates (right) will travel to Uganda later this year to work with the African Children's Choir. Former members of the choir travelled to Toowoomba to perform last year incuding Elizabeth Panga (left) and tour manager Abraham Kiyingi.

A Toowoomba woman is preparing for a trip of a lifetime

Hundreds of cars going for bargain at record Coast auction

Mike Clayton at the Nambour car yard in the lead-up to a previous year's sale.

Impounded cars going under the hammer, no reserves

Moranbah mum hopes to turn The Voice red chairs

Moranbah's Brooke Schubert has auditioned for this season's The Voice.

Mackay pub favourite Brooke Schubert auditions for The Voice.

Anthony LaPaglia steps out with new fiancee

Screen legend Anthony LaPaglia has confirmed his engagement to his much younger girlfriend, Alexandra Henkel

Ronan Keating a dad for fourth time

Ronan Keating and Storm Keating.

Bouncing baby boy for Boyzone star

Lion King remake well under way

Seth Rogen.

More Lion King remake cast members revealed

Splendour auctions VIP passes for flood appeal

Crowd at Splendour in the Grass 2016.  Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Each pass will have a reserve price of $500

The pic that could cost Khloe Kardashian $200k

Khloe Kardashian has admitted she "loves" watching porn, but doesn't think her family are famous purely because of her sister Kim Kardashian West's sex tape.

Khloe Kardashian has been slapped with a $A200,750 lawsuit

Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme dies

Director Jonathan Demme, 73, has died of cancer. He is pictured here attending the premiere of "Song One" in New York.

TRIBUTES have poured in for the Oscar-winning director.

Falling rents could spell doom for housing prices

What if I told you housing in Australia was getting cheaper?

Couple gets rich renovating run-down city homes

RENO RADICALS: Baden and Nelson Marino-Hall have turned three Toowoomba homes around for profit, saying the Garden City was a haven for renovators like themselves.

The couple has already turned around three homes

Townhouse pitch raises questions over 'high density'

BIG PLANS: Residents have a chance to offer their opinion on plans to build 42 townhouses at Raceview.

Developer plans 42 townhouses for Ipswich suburb

7 million dollar city homes for sale right now

3 Keira Court, Blue Mountain Heights.

Here are seven of Toowoomba's best, and most expensive, houses

'Raping and pillaging': Landlord's anger with nightmare cost

Chris Duane, who is chairman of the body corporate for Terralina Court, says insurance companies are charging too much for premiums.

BODY corporate boss unleashes on huge costs dumped on home owners.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!