Short flick has soul
KINGDOM of Doug, an award-winning short film written and directed by Coffs Harbour actor Victoria Thaine, will screen at Coffs Harbour's Jetty Theatre this month.
It is part of Spectacular Short Films with Soul, the 23rd Flickerfest 2014 short film festival, on March 14-15.
In January, Kingdom of Doug won the Academy-accredited Flickerfest Award for Best Australian Short Film, which means the film is in contention for the 2015 Academy Awards.
The film is Victoria Thaine's directorial debut, although she is well-known in the Australian industry as an actor, with a decade of experience on Australian film and TV.
In 2008 she was nominated for a Silver Logie for Best Actress in a television series for her lead role on ABC's Rainshadow.
She was also nominated for a Film Critic's Circle award for Best Actress for her lead role in the feature film The Caterpillar Wish.
Kingdom of Doug is set inside an abusive cult.
Josie and her fellow cult members have gathered in an ice skating rink to commit mass suicide.
But when Josie loses faith in Doug, her charismatic cult leader, she starts questioning their choice to die.
"There is a popular view that if you join a cult you must have something wrong with you," the film maker said.
"In truth, it is middle class, intelligent people who are most likely to find themselves victims of these abusive organisations."
Screening in Flickerfest in Coffs Harbour are two programs: Best of Australian Shorts, which includes Kingdom of Doug, and Best of International which includes The Phone Call starring Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent and Today's The Day starring Danny DeVito.