It’s still pretty hush-hush at this stage, but my kids are collaborating on a movie project called ‘The Fort’ which Jess wrote and is directing and acting in, and Carly is producing, co-directing (with Jess), and editing. Excitingly, they’ve roped me in as set designer and executive producer so it’s a real family project.
We’ve been filming on location in Kyneton in the last few months, and it’s been interesting working so closely as a family. We’ve focused hard on taking a ‘stay in our own lane’ approach. We’ve all had to hear each other’s points of view, step up when we needed to, and also recognise when to step back.
At times we’ve all had to bite our tongues and let each other go through the process of creating something meaningful, and respecting each others roles in the film has brought a whole new meaning to our sense of ourselves as a family.
Working in such close confines this project, which is about a son building a fantasy world to help his mother escape the reality of Domestic Violence , could have torn us apart. Instead it’s brought us closer together.
Photo: Theresa Harrison.
In the past, as Mum, I’ve always been the chief, but on this project my role was to sit back and let Jess and Carly take control. I can’t tell you the joy I’ve got from watching them co-direct, discuss each scene, and respect each other’s opinion. That’s been amazing for me to see, but also wonderful to have other people witness.
There are still some scenes to be shot, but we now have three-quarters of the movie in the can and Carly has begin piecing it together in the editing room. She says the two of them working together, brainstorming angles and perspectives, is taking the material to another level.
You can find a sneak peek behind the scenes of the making of The Fort on Instagram @moviethefort I’ll keep you posted on developments…