"Broke" Feature Film - Free Screening 25 May 2016
Gambling Help North Coast is hosting a free screening of the new feature film "Broke" to raise awareness of the issues of those affected by problem gambling.
Location: Sawtell Cinemas
'Broke' tells the fictional story of former North Sydney rugby league star Ben Kelly, whose life spirals out of control in retirement at the hands of alcohol and a gambling addiction. Cec, an ageing rail worker stumbles across his favourite player destitute and struggling and attempts to help him turn his life around.
Starring Max Cullen as the good samaritan, Steve Le Marquand as the fallen hero, and Claire van der Boom as the love interest, the film lured an all star cast and crew who waived their regular fees to help bring this important project to fruition.
The story of the film was close to home for the both filmmakers “Having grown up in and around rugby league and problem gamblers it was only a matter of time before I was to sit down and write a screenplay about the experience. And with the recent gambling related scandals and tragedies dominating the game’s headlines the timing was never more pertinent” explains director Heath Davis.
Gambling addiction is a social problem that has had some high-profile casualties. “Hopefully we can create a bit of a dialogue and get some understanding of an issue that’s affecting more and more people,” says Davis. “Aussies love an underdog story and Broke is exactly that”.
Multi award winning Producer Luke Graham, whose father was a rugby league player for the North Sydney Bears, explains ‘The film is close to my heart, family and up-bringing, therefore my passion to bring its message to a wide audience was quite an easy decision”. “It’s based on a lot of players I got to know growing up. It is a timely and topical with its gambling related themes. But, above all, it is a celebration of the human spirit much like our great game is.”
Essentially the film is a story of human redemption. It explores the highs and lows and the frailty of these ‘superstars’ who are really just ordinary people and the aftermath of success and the pressure of the world of sport. ‘They are everyday people whose struggles and self inflictions are common’ says Graham.
Broke is the fifth collaboration for this producer director team and Davis first feature film. The film was made with private finance, crowdfunding and National Rugby League backing.