Love affair between cricket and movies

THE newfound cinematic love affair between cricket and moviegoers continues. 

On Sunday a crowd of Canberrans were laughing  at “Save Your Legs,” a silly film from Melbourne about a fourth grade cricket club that goes on tour to India, screened at  the final night film at the Canberra International Film Festival.

Now news has arrived of a film called “Backyard Ashes,” now in production in Wagga Wagga.

“Backyard Ashes” uses the famous Australian past time of backyard cricket as an analogy for the bitter sporting rivalry between Australia Ranch, not India in this case but Britian.

It’s a full feature film project written by well-known theatre personalities and Wagga Wagga locals, Peter Cox and Mark Grentell.

Not surprisingly, as well as filming it in Wagga Wagga, they’ve attempted to fill it with the people of Wagga Wagga.

To this end, they’ve secured Lex Marinos, who  was actually born  in Wagga Wagga who is famous for his roles in “Kingswood Country” and more recently,  “The Slap.”

As well there’s John Wood of “Blue Heelers” fame, Felix (son of David) Williamson, most recently seen in “The Mystery of a Hansom Cab,” and the 14-year-old Canberra star of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Maddison Smith Catlin.

The  organisers are calling it a “a blueprint for independent feature film projects” likely to be popular overseas. It seems they’re not the only ones who’ve thought of that.

“Save Your Legs,” another Aussie cricket film

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