Synopsis: True Blue follows John, a third-generation beef farmer, as he struggles to provide for his wife Lisa and their young son Tom. Life on the land is all John knows and he has been trying to hold out through a never-ending drought. But when the situation becomes dire, he and Lisa must make a decision that will change their lives forever.
Awards: Martini Awards 2020 – winner Best Sound Design, Best Score, Best Editor, Best Actor, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Script, Best Director, Best Film, Inspiration Award
Director: Bronwyn Bernardin
The suicide rate of Australian farmers is currently double the national average.
A scary statistic that compelled me to write a story that shed light on the issue. The reality is that many people don’t realise how bad drought and financial strain can be not only for farmers in Australia but farmers around the world.
I grew up on a small rural property in Queensland so rural issues have and always will hold a special place in my heart. I wanted to write something that felt like an authentic representation of rural Australia. A story that people from different backgrounds could watch and feel a connection with and thus, have a deeper understanding of what rural people go through to produce food for the world.