Local director Darius Devas shoots new film in Goonengerry and Byron Bay

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: Byron resident and Steiner school graduate, Darius Devas, will direct Unravelling, a new feature film that will start production in the Byron Shire this week.
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: Byron resident and Steiner school graduate, Darius Devas, will direct Unravelling, a new feature film that will start production in the Byron Shire this week.

Another feature film is poised to start production in the region.

Unravelling is a Northern Rivers love story from local director Darius Devas which will be filmed and post-produced entirely in the Northern Rivers.

Locations will include Goonengerry and Byron Bay - locations that play a central role in the film's narrative.

The intimate drama follows the path of a young couple shifting to the Byron region from the city to live the dream while enduring personal, creative and psychological tests begin to undermine the relationship.

As a long term Byron resident and Steiner school graduate, Devas says he has drawn on his local knowledge of the Byron Shire and the power of the landscape on reshaping people's lives - often to dramatic effect.

The film was developed by Devas in collaboration with the leading actors Cazz Bainbridge, ('Go With Grace') and Duncan Ragg ('Liberty Street').

The film also stars Australian-born, in-demand international actor Christopher James Baker, who most recently starred in 'Eden' and has featured in 'True Detective', 'Ozark', 'StarGirl' and 'Shades of Blue'.

Emerging local director Devas is currently part of the Screenworks and Australian Directors Guild's Pathway Program, where he is being mentored by acclaimed director Kim Farrant, who has been instrumental in developing the performance methodology.

Devas says he has gathered a group of leading local crew and production talent and invested his personal funds to kick-start the pre- and post-production cycle and finance the shoot. He and his producers are looking to raise financing for the completion film and are currently seeking investment from the local community and the screen sector.

"Growing up in Byron as part of a creative community, I have an intimate knowledge of the difficulties we face as artists and creators to get the external support needed for developing local projects and skills while keeping our creatives employed and thriving.

"We will be running a crowdfunding campaign and enlisting the support of local businesses, like The Local Kollective, to gain momentum before hopefully hitting the international film circuit," said Devas.

'Unravelling' is Devas' second feature project and follows his 2009 directorial debut, 'Further We Search', starring Xavier Samuel which recently screened at the Byron Underground Film Festival.

The award winning director recently produced the documentary series, 'The Common Thread' and web series 'Natural Mindful' for the ABC, documentary 'Spirit Walker - Clinton's Walk For Justice' on NITV and 'The Word', a six-part series for ABC iView.