BACKGROUND MUSINGS: Burns Point writer and producer Chris Blackburn and director Tim Blackburn, sitting by the Richmond River.
BACKGROUND MUSINGS: Burns Point writer and producer Chris Blackburn and director Tim Blackburn, sitting by the Richmond River.

Crime drama film to start production at Ballina this week

BURNS Point, a 90-minute crime drama film, will start production in Ballina this week.

Burns Point was written by Empire Vale's Chris Blackburn, who has worked as a writer and producer for the past 35 years.

Chris's career started as a cadet journalist at The Australian newspaper before moving on to on-air television reporting with channels Nine and Seven.

Chris's career highlights include high-profile television shows including 60 Minutes, Big Brother, My Kitchen Rules, Temptation Island, Wife Swap, and Beauty and the Geek.

Chris said Empire Vale, south of Ballina, was the inspiration for the setting of Burns Point.

"It's a great rural setting. Canefields, rivers, mountains, rainforests and deserted beaches that go on forever," he said.

Chris is the father of the film's director Tim Blackburn.

Tim has directed several successful short films, most notably Monobrow - a finalist in the Australian 2013 Tropfest short film festival.

He followed this by writing and directing Wet Dreams, a finalist in the 2013 Tropfest New York Festival. Both films have had success in other festivals around the world. Burns Point will be Tim's feature film directorial debut.

"Working on this film with my father is definitely a unique experience. Sometimes I wonder, 'Why the hell am I making a film with my dad?' But for the most part we're on the same page with our ideas and visions and it's been a great way to reconnect," Tim said.

Tim has returned to Australia from Toronto, Canada where he currently lives and works as a television editor.

"I'm just so excited to be back in Australia and working on such a big project with so many talented people," Tim said.

The cast and crew of Burns Point will be announced later this week via the film's social media networks.

"It's not often we get to see a film being made in the Northern Rivers," Chris said.

The Burns Point story

Burns Point follows Jeremy, a young man whose sister has been brutally murdered. Jeremy expects the law to deliver justice, but the killer's father is a high-profile detective who isn't about to see his son jailed for life.

After a suspiciously botched police case, the son is acquitted and can never be retried. Refusing to allow his sister's death to go unpunished, Jeremy seeks vengeance.


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