Helping Geelong’s Back To Back Make Its Big Screen Debut

Arts and Culture Pillar

Geelong creative powerhouse group Back to Back Theatre has its sights set on the big screen thanks to a $100,000 State Government grant to transform their most successful production into a feature film.

Award-winning Back to Back Theatre will develop a script for a feature film based on the company’s internationally-acclaimed theatre production Ganesh Versus the Third Reich.

In an Australian first, Back to Back’s ensemble of actors with intellectual disabilities will not only star in the film, they will also co-author the script. The production is planned to be filmed in Geelong in collaboration with some of Australia’s best screen talents.

Since premiering in 2011, Ganesh Versus the Third Reich has been performed in 35 cities worldwide, taking the team of Geelong actors to cities including New York, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Edinburgh and Athens.

In addition to the Ganesh project and several international ventures, the team is working to expand their TV pilot Oddlands into a full television series, with their latest production, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes, also set to premiere in Sydney next month before heading back to Geelong and Melbourne.

Back to Back Theatre is one of Victoria’s – and Australia’s – greatest exports with their all-abilities work wowing audiences around the globe. They were founded in Geelong in 1987 to create an all-abilities theatre group ensuring people with a disability get the opportunities they want to get involved in the creative arts.

Click here to find out more about Back to Back Theatre’s upcoming performance of ‘The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes’, which is playing at the Geelong Arts Centre, 3-6 October 2019.