Three female Novocastrian filmmakers and a local production / by Kian West

Three female Novocastrian filmmakers are returning to make a film in the Hunter region after spending several years interstate developing their craft.


Producer Catherine Williams, Writer/Director Heidi Lee Douglas and Director of Photography Meg White are collaborating to make their film ‘Devil Woman’.  An environmental horror film that will be filmed near Dungog throughout May.

Devil Woman is about the power of nature and human conflict over the environment, and its dramatic thriller format will entertain audiences worldwide” says Douglas.

Actors from the Newcastle and Central Coast area gained the lead roles for Devil Woman.

“We auditioned throughout Sydney but these local actors brought it home, a real empathy and complexity to the characters that is vital to the script“, says Douglas. 

The lead actors are Marigold Pazar, Flame Kimball, Peter Healy and Shaun Anthony Robinson.

The filmmakers wouldn’t be able to do this film locally without the help of the local community.  To do this we employing as many locals as possible in both head of department and assisting roles together with running a crowd funding campaign to assist with covering some of the production costs.

In the campaign we are offering rewards for all donations, including seeing your name in the credits if the film, Devil Woman T-shirts, exclusive tickets the premiere, corporate sponsorship rewards, and on set visits.

‘We are pleased to be working with the production team on Devil Woman, especially given the Writer/Director, Producer and Director of Photography, were all born and bread in Newcastle’, said Annette Hubber, Manager Screen Hunter.

‘Screen Hunter has been working in collaboration with Devil Women to engage local and emerging filmmakers on the set of the production.  We are very pleased to announce that the production has engaged three local Communications students form the University of Newcastle who will gain valuable on set experience throughout filming’, said Hubber.

‘We are also very excited that Screen Hunter and Real Film Festival volunteer Temara Heta (ex Hunter TAFE Diploma Student) will be onset shooting and editing the behind the scenes short film under the guidance of the films Director Heidi Lee Douglas, Producer Catherine Williams and Director of Photography Meg White. This is a fantastic opportunity for Temara to not only gain experience but to build new relationships with these filmmakers’, said Hubber.

‘We are very pleased that “Devil Woman” is being shot in our area, as it continues our association with the making of Australian films, and showcasing those films via the Dungog Festival’ said Ivan Skaines, Economic Development and Tourism Co-ordinator at Dungog Shire Council.

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