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Legendary Historian Dr Tony Matthews Heads to the Big Screen

Legendary historian Dr Tony Matthews ventures from Documentary to the Big Screen, with production company Bigger and Better Productions taking on production of his first fiction feature, "Ghost River Station."

Brisbane, Australia, August 24, 2011 --( The Australian feature film industry is about to have another boost to its image as renowned historian and documentary maker, Dr Tony Matthews, gets set to put his unpublished novel, Ghost River Station, onto the big screen. Although intended to be fiction, it is loosely based on the history of the region of central QLD, and encompasses many of the real life stories Dr Matthews has encountered during his life-time of historical research. The beautiful haunting tale is destined to be popular for both its cinematographic majesty and it’s haunting tale of love, murder, and ghostly intervention.

The story centers around a gracious homestead, “Ghost River Station,” so named because of the legends surrounding it following a terrible Aboriginal massacre in the 1860's, and an ongoing history of bloodshed that seems to be attracted to the property. It will be filming in the Kingaroy region, which has already offered support, and hopes to draw it’s indigenous cast from the local Cherbourg mission, and most of the extras will be sourced from the local theatre groups.

Producer Ramona Rai, of Bigger and Better Productions, has chosen highly respected Australian cinematographer Andrew Condor to bring the story to life. “So much of this story depends on capturing the eerie beauty of the Australian landscape, so we decided it needed one of Australia’s best,” she commented.

Although highly experienced in marketing and tv commercial production, Bigger and Better Productions are considered relative newcomers to the Australian Independent Film Industry. Within just 3 years they have already won short film awards, have a feature, “Alien Sons” scheduled for release at the end of 2011, and have completed a number of charity projects including a documentary for the Jay Larkins Paralympic Project. They have also obtained film rights on Lucky Valentine, a feature film with Australian acting greats like Val Lehman, Roger Ward and Ozzie Devrish on board, and Cuba Gooding Junior in negotiation. Ramona names Producer Ross Grayson Bell (Producer, Fightclub) as her inspiration. “Ross imparts his wisdom and experience freely and passionately. With such a positive introduction to the film industry, failure just isn’t an option, so when others complained work was dropping off, we went out and used our skills to create what is proving to be a highly successful formula for the creation of successful films.”

Ghost River Station will be filming in May 2013 and will hit the big screen in October 2013.

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