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Published April 21st 2014
This long weekend, I threw my support behind Mama's Gun. Mama's Gun is an independent, film noir, short film being made locally now, set in 1940's Melbourne.
The premise is compelling.
The main character, Mary Wylie, operates an opium den behind the facade of a haberdashery shop (the haberdashery shop scenes will be shot out of L'uccello, the vintage sewing heaven, located in the Nicholas building on Swanston Street).
Mary presents as a hard woman, but she's a victim of circumstance. Born the daughter of a Tasmanian opium farmer, she was sold at an early age into prostitution by her own mother. Having had a difficult life and a dearth of love, she is complicated - she aches for love, but is incapable of giving it.
Notwithstanding her emotional limitations, Mary has a son, George, who was the result of a teenage pregnancy. Mary is a reluctant mother and feels distaste for her son. George grows up, at her urging, to be a policeman, thereby able to provide her with inside protection from the law. George is trapped in a role reluctantly too. He'd prefer to be a soldier, but feels compelled to protect his mother and would do anything to win her approval.
When Charles, an amoral street urchin, is introduced to this unhappy mix, things start to unravel, murderously.
Carla Bonner, former Neighbour's star, is Mary Wylie.
This is where I first became involved in Mama's Gun. The site provides an excellent opportunity for people to get behind the film. Fabulous perks are offered as enticement for varying levels of financial support. For instance, a $25 contribution will secure your name's place in the credits, a $50 contribution gets you a credit and an original hand-drawn 1940's style piece of story-board art and for $350 you can appear as an extra!
The site also includes a promotional clip, which demonstrates just how perfect Carla is for the role. She is a perfect film noir beauty - gorgeous, but with a hard edge. Unexpectedly, it also demonstrates her comedic acting chops, although the film itself is not going to be humorous.
If the content of the film weren't enough, it's interesting for other reasons. In a step to redress the gender inequity in the industry, the movie will be made by an all female crew.
It's not every day that we get an opportunity to back a project like this - get on board now to support Mama's Gun.