by Chris Carmenère
There's a brand new feature film in town - Murky Rivers: Quitters Don't Quit. The fully-improvised film follows failing, and quite frankly not very good, actor Murky Rivers (Murphy Rhodes) as he aims for stardom. When recently fired casting agent and overbearing Aussie Jeff Pembroke (Jordan Hill) agrees to represent Murky, for a nominal fee of course, Murky leaves his old acting troupe behind. But will he regret leaving 'The Pope Elopes', consisting of the pretentious Bruno (Sean Bradshaw) and Murky's old sweetheart Trixie (Rosie O'Neill) as they continue on without him? And with his girlfriend Muriel Sand (Jazz Jago) constantly drinking herself into a stupor, will Murky ever realise his dreams?
Filming is in it's very early stages, but is going really well. Producer Murphy Rhodes had this to say "I think the fact that it's fully improvised is not only very challenging, but also the most fun I've had on set for years." he continued, "Me and creator/director Ben Johnson wanted to revisit the old, college-days style of filmmaking. Turn up and shoot. Except this time, we obviously have the experience and skill to execute it professionally. The mix of those two things has been refreshing, and it's a shame it's not a theme that's explored in the industry more often on bigger budget productions."
Quitters Don't Quit is being made on a zero-budget, but considering the success of their debut film released this week, with just as little money invested, the pair are no strangers to creating high quality work with limited resources. You can view that film here: To Whom It May Concern