Colac not part of Cliff Young film

Actor Kevin Harrington, left, who plays Colac district runner Cliff Young in ABC telemovie Cliffy and, right, the late Cliff Young at the peak of his fame.

BUDGET constraints prevented filmmakers from shooting a movie about the story of ultra-marathon runner Cliff Young in the Colac district.

Cliffy producer Nigel Odell said the team wanted to record part of the film in Colac and Cliff Young’s native Beech Forest but could not afford to move the production from north-east Victoria.

“We were doing this on a television budget,” he said.

“We didn’t have the kind of money you might hope to have for a cinema feature film.”

Mr Odell said Clock End Films only had five weeks to film and could not justify losing three filming days to move from the primary location around Wodonga.

He said Wodonga provided a convenient base because the company could easily find New South Wales scenery and Victorian scenery within less than a 100-kilometre radius.

Mr Young, who died in 2003, found fame when he won a Sydney to Melbourne ultra-marathon in 1983 at age 61.

Mr Odell said company would finish the film by the end of the year.

The producer said the crew had finished filming and editing the movie and was working on visual effects to make the film’s 1980s setting look authentic.

Mr Odell said the Australian Broadcasting Corporation had not set a date for screening the film, which would have to fit around other scheduling commitments.

“Obviously there’s a desire to have it go to air some time around the 30th anniversary of Cliffy’s famous run and win,” he said.

Mr Odell said the company was in talks with the ABC about an early screening of the film in Colac, which he said he would still like to do.

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