Actor turns movie producer to tell his stories
YOU may have seen him on TV shows McLeod's Daughters - he played Riley Ward - or maybe you caught him in Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, as Christopher Flannery.
Clarence Valley-born Dustin Clare, 33, has also starred as Gannicus, in the US action-adventure Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and made his feature debut opposite Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis in Fred Schepisi's The Eye of the Storm.
But it is telling the stories of his country and his generation that really interests Mr Clare.
Northern Rivers filmgoers will soon see him and partner Camille Keenan in Sunday, a film he wrote and produced.
Sunday is expected to be a highlight of the Byron Bay Film Festival, having already garnered four-star reviews in New Zealand.
The film is a collaboration between Mr Clare and Ms Keenan and director Michelle Lloyd and her husband Ryan Lloyd.
"Camille and I are really inspired by Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise and Before Sunset," Mr Clare said.
"They are wonderful, two-handed dramas that explore relationships.
"We are living in a time when we have so much choice ... we want to start a conversation about committing and having a family."
We are living in a time when we have so much choice ... we want to start a conversation about committing and having a family.
Mr Clare said Hollywood's aversion to risk meant many important stories were going untold.
"As a storyteller it is your duty to tell stories of your country and generation. If you want to be a celebrity that's something entirely different," he said.
Sunday is set in Christchurch, New Zealand, one year after the devastating earthquakes and, while not an earthquake film, it is a story like the city of Christchurch: One of past devastation, beauty and a chance at rebuilding bigger and better than before.
Ten per cent of the profits will be donated to Gap Filler Charitable Trust, an initiative that temporarily activates vacant sites in Christchurch with creative projects.
Mr Clare also has at least one short in the festival, The Fragments, which, like Sunday, is about relationships.
He attended Ballina High School and recently filmed a campaign ad for the Ballina Greens he supports.
The film is screening at such festivals as Palm Springs Shortfest, Calgary International Film Festival, St Kilda Film Festival, Flickerfest, Byron Bay International Film Festival, Canada Film Festival, Cyprus International Film Festival and many more.
Byron Bay Film Festival will run from March 6-15, with screenings at the Byron Bay Community Centre, Pighouse Cinema and in Lismore, Ballina and Murwillumbah. For details, visit http://www.bbff.com.au.