The Australian Outback is full of hidden treasures .. The opal fields in Coober Pedy , the inland sea in South Australia , the waterfalls in Litchfield National Park …. Annnnnnnnd a penis shaped termite mound on the side of the Arnhem Highway
Pic by NT News photographer Elise Derwin
You can read original story by NT News here
In November last year I flew up to the Territory on a top-secret mission involving the best of the best of NT’s film industry 😉
Some of you might know my mate , Phil O’Brien who was my inspiration to start this blog and , eventually my book. Halfway through last year he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse – a free trip to the Territory including 2 nights free all meals included at the iconic Mt Bundy Station in return for my acting ‘skills’ ( I use that term very lightly !).
It was a great trip – Mt Bundy isn’t far from the Adelaide river pub so there was no shortage of booze and I got to meet some bloody awesome people including NT’s own Miss Universe contestant , Chrisney Bright who is also a tour guide for Outback Floatplane Adventures ( thinking about sending her my resume haha) and a bush poet called Waldo who kept us entertained between filming .
After much anticipation this ‘Bloody Epic’ Film has finally been released
It all begins with Phil O’Brien – who wrote , produced and directed the film . Picking up where he left off on his last film ‘On Tour and Looking for a Feed’ , he has decided to rejoin society after 18 months ‘off the grid’. He leaves his longgrasser mate on the side of the road in Darwin , a long neck in a brown paper bag his parting gift. He decides to head out to Corella Springs , where his old mate Ben has a cattle station and the rest of his mates could be found at the local pub , The Old Brumby Moon , famous for its Big Buff Lager and the towns best coffee – the ‘Tappachino’.
On his way out to Corella Springs he comes across his old mate Ben’s daughters ( played by myself and Tayla Baxter ) and discovers his old mate has passed away and the bank is closing in on the Cattle Station
Phil decides to try to help them raise the money but everyone in the town of Corella Springs is too busy to help him . After a bit of detective work he tracks down his old mate Al Zimdahl and after a bit of convincing Al agrees to join him on his mission to save the girls and their Dad’s Station. Do they or don’t they ? You’ll just have to watch and find out !
In Phils words
‘ Made on a handful of small change this 90 minute chunk of Outback Filmology stars Phil O’Brien Al Zimdahl David Gulpilil Daniel Tapp Elisa Guittet Alizee Sery Chrisney Bright Kellie Arrowsmith Waldo Bayley Tayla Baxter Trevor Primmer Heleana Yarrngu Ursula Zaar and a heap of other fine young thespians. Filmed at Spectacular Mt Bundy station Rated ‘ E’ for bloody Epic’
Its been a while since I did something completely bat shit crazy , so I thought I’d better get on top of things.
Cant you just be happy with your life as it is and just relax and maybe save some money you ask ?
No. No I can not. Because that would be boring and I don’t do boring. Or sensible.
So , using my amazing decision making skills , I decided to buy a thousand year old clapped out campervan with half a floor which ,at this point, requires a small army to set up . Obviously thats not what I see when I look at it. In my mind the floor is fixed , the hydraulic system is in place and now I’m hanging curtains and sewing cushions like Martha fucking Stewart.
Its not going to be easy but thats where I bring in the ”çrew” which so far consists of my old boss , a self confessed ‘Plumber from Hell’ Tinky ,whose favourite word starts with C ends in T and you apparently cant say it in Canada . Thats it so far , but his daughter , who I work with at the Ettamogah pub , has volunteered to supervise with me. Which is code for lets sit around , drink beer and do fuck all while Dad swears his head off.
Anyway here is what I’m dealing with …
Today wordpress emailed me a stat report for the entire year. 3 blog posts it said. Oh the shame . So I thought I’d get the numbers up before the clock ticks over .
What a year its been . Last Christmas eve I was offered a book deal and that set the tone for 2015. I learnt so much about the industry as well as continuing my other work in an entirely different industry – although , funnily enough , my experiences working in Adult Entertainment have helped me A LOT with the new fictional novel I’m working on. The new materiel is with my agent at the moment , as she critiques it for me the way she did with Skimpy. I’m so bloody nervous. I already know I’m going to sulk for at least 24 hours before rolling my sleeves up and making the changes and improvements she has suggested. But if I’ve learnt one thing about writing its that you need to leave your ego at the door.
Another exciting project I was part of was my old mate Phil Obrien’s latest block buster , filmed on an outback cattle station just out of Darwin. Phil was kind enough to fly me up and gave me a pretty cool acting role in the film. I got to meet a few outback characters ( my favourite kind) and learnt a bit about filming. Like if you only have the budget for one camera you need to shoot the scene 5 times from different angles . That part sucked.But we got it in the bag and it is supposed to be on the big screen (in Darwin anyway) sometime in March.
What does the new year hold for Kels Gone Bush ?
There’s a few things in the works … No announcements yet – although I can safely say pregnancy wont be one of them 😉
Hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year and may 2016 be filled with wonderful things !!!
Had a great chat with this awesome lady ! Xx
Its ten days until the official release of my book , Skimpy ; Outrageous true tales of crocs , snakes and pulling beers in the Topend through Hachette Australia and excited is one word to describe how I’m feeling at the moment. After 2 years of tweaking , and wondering if my efforts would ever see the light of day , the last few months have been a whirlwind. Which is probably why I forgot about this interview with the publicity team at Hachette I recorded back in May. It basically explains where I got the inspiration from ( this blog , thanks guys 😉 ) and what a Skimpy is and basically why they exist in the first place ( apart from many reasons men will always love beer and boobs – well most men.Obviously not gay men.Or arse men. Or men with foot fetishes .. but you get my point). There is a serious side to the Skimpy role in mining towns though. They provide much needed light entertainment at the end of a long shift, in an environment where most workers are thousands of km from their homes/ families/mates/etc. I’m not saying Skimpies fill the role of any of these things but they are a welcome distraction and sometimes even a bit of a connection to the outside world. I remember myself , stuck in Gove for a few months surrounded by flood water and feeling like I was in the most remote place on earth , even I looked forward to the girls flying in from the Gold Coast ! Especially since half of them would smuggle in 5 bags of Hungry Jacks from Cairns. You know your in the bush when a whole pub starts fighting over a 4 hour old Whopper ….
*UPDATE – The full interview with Hachette can be found here on their website .. the youtube clip below provides different content which is hopefully just as riveting !! hahaha :p