Dunira Creek Mob



Shooting is underway on Apocalypse Films’s short documentary, Dunira Creek.

The short documentary focusses on a group of retired teachers and teachers unionists who share a friendship that has spanned almost fifty years. The glue of the friendship is four two-hundred litre barrels of Tawny Port first purchased from Brown Brothers of Milawa in the late 70’s.

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Barrels of port first purchased in 1977

Each year the members are invited to the home of the barrels – somewhere under a suburban house in Melbourne – to claim their share of the year’s stock and to take part in the judging and awarding of the Bruce McBurney award for the best tasting barrel.

The Dunira Creek documentary is being produced and directed by Tuuli Forward and Andrew O’Keefe and signals the first time they have shared directing duties on a project. The documentary’s cinematographer is Max Davis, a regular Apocalypse Films collaborator, having worked on both The Messenger and Donkey in a Lion’s Cage.

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Bob, Graham and Rob down in Andy’s cellar.

The location, a small cellar with a four-foot high ceiling, was a  restricting space and led to the decision to shoot two cameras. Max elected to use two small Canon 7D‘s with a selection of 5 different zoom lenses to achieve the look in the demanding space.  Marleena Forward, an emerging and in-demand documentary cinematographer, operated the second camera.

The first two days shooting has uncovered various further trails to explore before principal photography is completed. Next stop is when we follow the crew up to Rutherglen where the Dunira Creek group will visit Morris Winery and winemaker, David Morris, who shall advise the group on the future ingredients of their four barrels of port.


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