Festive indie movie to be filmed in Macarthur

Director Heath Davis on set for another of his projects. He will film his next movie in the Macarthur region. Picture: Supplied
Director Heath Davis on set for another of his projects. He will film his next movie in the Macarthur region. Picture: Supplied

There is no doubting that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, however it does come with its own trials and tribulations.

That's what Heath Davis' new feature film, ChristMESS, is all about.

The south-western Sydney multi-award winning and AACTA nominated director will bring his new story to life right here in Macarthur.

Mr Davis said the movie was set in the week leading up to Christmas.

"It's not going to be like those Hollywood Christmas movies people watch every year, it's going to be about what Christmas is like living in western Sydney - a real Christmas," he said.

"It'll be about all the troubles people living out here experience - from the 40 degree days, to separated parents and other heart breaks but it's a comedy as well."

The movie will star Steve Le Marquand (Two Hands, Les Norton, Broke), Susan Prior (Animal Kingdom, Bookweek, Aftertaste) and introducing alt-indie-rock sensation, and Middle Kids frontwoman, Hannah Joy - fresh from her performance on TheLate Late Show.

It is about a fresh out of rehab, once famous actor who takes a job as a Santa Claus in a suburban strip mall where he unexpectedly encounters his long-estranged daughter and infant grandson.

He sets about trying to earn their forgiveness alongside his caring sponsor and a sharp-tongued musician.

Mr Davis said he was inspired by his own experiences growing up in western Sydney.

"People in western Sydney are real, genuine, salt of the earth people," he said.

"There are a lot of stories to be told out here and I really wanted to make it in Macarthur."

Campbelltown production company Brick Studios will produce the film.

Mr Davis said it was good to work alongside other western Sydney locals.

"Macarthur has everything we need - it's got that mix of rural and suburbia and it's not too far from the ocean either," he said.

"I hope when people see this film they are inspired to tell their own stories through film.

"Once people see that it can be done, I hope they do it too."

The filmmakers are also calling on local actors looking for a role across a range of ages and ethnicities.

Filming is expected to take place across the Macarthur region in July.

Individuals or local businesses looking to support the film can visit www.facebook.com/christmessfilm.

A crowdfunding page has also been set up for the project: https://igg.me/at/christmessmovie.