Local filmmaker puts Canberra in limelight

Posted 23 Mar 2018

Story by CBR Canberra

With a moving plotline and an interested Hunger Games actress, filmmaker Denai Gracie is hoping to make a real difference for Canberra’s beloved equestrian institution, Pegasus.

Denai Gracie is an accomplished script writer, actress and producer and will be making her feature directing debut on One Eight Zero.

“One Eight Zero tells the story of a show jump rider who loses her leg in a car accident and is forced to rebuild her life as an amputee. It’s a beautiful story that gives me the perfect platform to combine my love for filmmaking and horses.

“I’ve been riding since I was a little girl and I admire how organisations like Pegasus use horses to help improve the lives of children with disabilities”, says Gracie.

“The work they do is phenomenal. From kids who are bullied at school to children with cerebral palsy or traumatic brain injuries; all benefit from the therapeutic horse-facilitated programs and activities that Pegasus offers”.

Apart from horses and movies, Gracie is passionate about Canberra. “I can’t think of a better place to shoot One Eight Zero. I want to show the world how spectacular my hometown is. And being the Bush Capital, you’re never more than twenty minutes away from a place where you can go horse-riding. What a privilege.”

With it’s vibrant mix of city and country settings, more and more film makers are choosing Canberra as their set. “I’ve worked all over the country, but I’ll always come back to Canberra. I would love to be part of the growth of the local film industry. We are excited to start shooting towards the end of the year or beginning of 2019. Hunger Games actress Stef Dawson has already expressed interest in playing the female lead and we’ll also be looking for local talent to participate in the project. Just follow the One Eight Zero Facebook page for upcoming casting details and how you can get involved.

Please visit www.pegasusact.com.au to find out more about the great work this organisation is doing.

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