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Dustin

Ipswich filmmaker returns to where it all started.
USQ students standing outside appearing to be making a film.

Wearing bright pink sunglasses and issuing instructions using a megaphone he picked up cheaply on eBay, Dustin Schmidt is living his dream of making films.

The USQ graduate returned to his old stomping ground to direct his first feature film at the University’s Springfield campus.

Schmidt raised $10,000 to turn his award-winning screenplay into a film.

The Last of the Pretty Boys, which earned him Best Feature Screenplay at the Australian Film Institute Awards last year, centres on shock rocker Lazarus Graves who must confront his past after returning home to Brisbane following a successful international music career.

Schmidt said he was proud to be making his first major project at the campus where he studied.

'It has brought back a few emotions and good memories being here, but I’m ecstatic I get to showcase the campus on screen and bring in a few of my old lecturers for cameo appearances.'

'They were the ones who supported and taught me how to make films, and to now be able to work with them again on my first feature film only seems fitting.'

Schmidt said more filming would take place across Brisbane, and post-production was expected to wrap by mid-2021.

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