An exciting new movie called ‘The Combination Redemption’ will be released into cinemas early next month- with the creative forces hailing from the Northern Illawarra.
David Field has directed the film, which opens on February 7 at Event Cinema Wollongong. David is a familiar face on Australian screens having appeared in just about every locally-produced TV show in the last 20 years including Underbelly, City Homicide, A Country Practice, Blue Heelers and The Secret Daughter.
The film’s editor is esteemed local resident Shelly O’Neil, who also has an impressive CV centred on the Australian TV and film industry.
Nine years ago, David and writer George Basha released ‘The Combination”. While not a traditional sequel, this new movie follows-on, once again telling a story of life in a community based in Sydney’s western suburbs.
It’s been a hard slog to take the movie from concept to screen but David and his team are determined to tell the story of life in suburban Australia and they have worked hard to see The Combination Redemption released by the big cinema chains across the country.
“We wanted to tell an authentic story of multiculturalism,” says David. “The film has been written by the very clever George Basha, who is also one of the stars. It’s set around Sydney’s Guildford and Merrylands and we portray the diversity of this region. To tell the story properly, we immersed ourselves in these strong communities and the locals were more than happy to help out, offering us places to film and food for our crew.”
“The Combination Redemption’ is the story of the real Australia,” he says. “Although these characters have Lebanese heritage, they’re Australians. They embrace the culture of their families, they play cricket and they barrack for Parramatta!”
David says the film is intense, but entertaining.
“We are not trying to preach, we just want to take the audience along for a ride. We want them to experience something.”
And David says Coledale film editor Shelly O’Neil has done en exceptional job.
“Shelly’s cutting is extraordinary,” he says. “Instead of taking the safe passage, together we have made this movie inventive and brave, courageous and imaginative.”
And you can watch the movie at Wollongong’s Event Cinemas from February 7.