Feature Film Project
'SHERBROOKE DOWN is inspired by two intertwining true Australian stories. Set in 1902-1903, during the lengthy Federation drought, a thriving rural community comes under threat from a government dam project that will destroy their homes, farms and livelihoods.
At this time, Evangeline and Matthew Keene and their family settle in Sherbrooke to rekindle their hopes and dreams after bankruptcy. When they befriend local larrikin Mr. Stevens, they become embroiled in a feud with the highly respected and wealthy owners of Waratah Manor and Orchard, Sarah and Charles Grey.
Amidst the recriminations, Charles invites his American friend, the agriculturalist William Williamsburg, to help with the expansion of the orchard. William discovers that underneath the veneer of a friendly and close-knit community, simmering tensions are threatening to boil over.
Evangeline and Sarah are two women on very different sides of the fence. As rumour and innuendo circulate throughout the village, they find themselves running headlong into a fiery collision course. Meanwhile, as the severe drought threatens Sydney's water supply, the government eyes off Sherbrooke's lifeblood, the Cataract River, to build a mega dam that will satisfy the demands of the thirsty City.
Realising what is at stake, the two feuding families and their matriarchs must somehow put aside their prejudices and mistrust of each other to fight for what they both may lose.
But will it be too little, too late?
ABOUT THE FILM MAKERS
'SHERBROOKE DOWN is the brainchild of Wollongong based screen writer and Australian country music star James Stewart Keene. A new start up company, Aloft Australian Productions Pty Ltd was formed with Sydney based business partner Steve McNaughton to produce and oversee the project.
JAMES STEWART KEENE is an Australian country music artist and now Screen writer/Executive Producer in the Australian film industry.
James cut his teeth in videographic production by necessity. As an independent country musician, he used his artistic vision to bring his promo music videos to life, story boarding the ideas, creating a vision to the music and then putting all the right people in place to make it happen.
James has made quite an impact on the Australian country music scene. His second album, Charm Offensive, made the ARIA Australian Country charts in its first week of release in 2017. He has enjoyed significant airplay around Australia on TV and radio.
'STEVE McNAUGHTON is a successful businessman with over 30 years experience in the corporate world as a Managing Director of a reputable Australian recruitment firm, as well as managing multi-million dollar projects as a private capital investor.
He also shares a passion with James as a musician, songwriter and creative entrepreneur, releasing a number of albums to critical acclaim. Steve was also Executive Producer for his music video to 'Storm Chaser', a clip featuring actual footage of real Storm Chasers following tornadoes in the US. The music video gained airplay on ABC TV.
Steve offers a wealth of experience in corporate governance and as Executive Producer on the project, he will be guiding the financial and project management of the film.