COLAC-BORN filmmaker Lachlan Ryan felt “a lot of pride” after a film he worked on received a nomination at an Australia’s top film awards.
Ryan, who graduated from Trinity College Colac in 2006, was associate producer on Australian family comedy Oddball, which was filmed at Warrnambool.
The film starred actor Shane Jacobson and was based on the true story of a troublemaking dog defending a Warrnambool little penguin colony from fox attacks.
Oddball was nominated for the people’s choice award for best Australian film at this month’s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Awards.
Fellow Australian-made film The Dressmaker won the people’s choice award.
“You watch a film and it goes for 90 minutes but to actually help create it was a process over multiple years, and a lot of blood, sweat and tears goes into it,” Ryan said of Oddball.
“It’s really nice and rewarding it has connected with an audience, and to then get a bit of recognition from the AACTAs, even though we were unsucc-essful, it still shows you’re doing something right.”
Ryan is the development manager at Albert Park production house The Film Company.
He works alongside the company’s founder, Richard Keddie, the uncle of Gold Logie-winning actress Asher Keddie.
Ryan said he and the company were currently working on six different projects, including the development of a potential telemovie about former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard.
“It’s been in the pipeline for a while, we’re still scripting it, but anything could happen with it,” he said.
“That’s one thing this industry’s taught me, nothing is ever set in concrete.”
Ryan also plans to return to Colac for Christmas to see his family and friends.
One of his past feature films, Reverse Runner, which he co-wrote and co-directed with Jarrod Theodore, screened at Colac Cinemas in 2013 and was one of the cinema’s highest grossing films in history.
“I feel like Colac has given me so much, particularly supporting the film Reverse Runner,” Ryan said.
“All my friends are jealous actually, they’re like, ‘we wish we had that kind of support’.”