Darling Downs adds script duo to list of credits – The Courier Mail

Shane Krause and Shayne Armstrong
Shane Krause and Shayne Armstrong
The Courier Mail – Des Partridge


THE Darling Downs has spawned major filmmaking talents such as cinema pioneer Charles Chauvel, director George Miller and cinematographer John Seale.

Enter 38-year-old screenwriters Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause, whose writing partnership started when they were growing up at Dalby in the heartland of the Downs, watching thrillers such as Alien and The Thing at the local drive-in theatre.


Now the former Brisbane advertising copywriters have earned an Australian Writers Guild nomination for the script for their first feature film, the Queensland-made thriller Acolytes which screens at the 17th Brisbane International Film Festival at the Regent Cinema at 9.10 tonight.

Acolytes, featuring Joel Edgerton as a serial killer, and former Bundaberg actor Michael Dorman as a small-town bully making life tough for a group of teenage friends, was filmed last year by the Brisbane producers Richard Stewart and Penny Wall.

Director Jon Hewitt, from Melbourne, will join the writers and some cast members for tonight’s screening.

Armstrong said the script was originally set on the Gold Coast corridor but switching locations to the Glass House Mountains and suburbs north of Brisbane was easy. “The killer is a quiet public service type who lives in the suburbs. You read about his sort of maniac every day,” he said.