Gracie is the eight year-old daughter of a white settler. While exploring she discovers Toora, an Aboriginal woman and her baby hiding in the stables near their house. Gracie believes Toora is playing hide and seek but the sinister truth is that Toora and her baby are the sole survivors of a massacre perpetrated by Gracie’s father, William.
Toora is badly injured and cannot escape the homestead without being seen and she knowsthat there will be certain death for her and her baby if she is discovered. Playing along with Gracie’s game is Toora’s only hope of survival, but Toora knows it is only a matter of timebefore Gracie’s father discovers their hiding place.
'Frontier' is a story of innocence and survival set in a time of brutal conflict.
Frontier is a Western/Thriller set in mid 1800s Australia and is the latest short film from Thirdhalf Productions.
'Frontier' was shot on a Red Epic camera (Thanks PANAVISION!) over two days in mid-January, in Camden NSW. The project has attracted a largely female-based creative team and a cast that features Madeleine Madden (Generation One, Redfern Now), Tim Walter (STC, Company B and Bell Shakespeare), Alfred Coolwell (Redfern Now) and introduces nine-year-old actress Carys Hakin.
The story of ʻFrontierʼ takes us to a little explored period of Australian History. In the early years of European 'settlement' in Australia, the battle for land-rights began and conflict between early European settlers and the indigenous Aboriginal people resulted in a 146 year period known as the Frontier Wars.
The wars were fueled by survival, food shortages, fear, loss, grievance, pride, hatred and ideology, and the protection and invasion of territory. In the 1820s and 30s, some of the most bloody and deadly of massacres in Australian history took place.
Frontier is a fictional dramatised story set during this time.
Writer/ Director: Alexandra Edmondson
Producer: Cassie Kelly
DOP: Tania Lambert
Cast: Carys Mia Hakin, Madeleine Madden, Tim Walter, Alfred Coolwell