GENNA Chanelle Hayes has arrived in Ballarat to begin scouting locations for her latest film, Three. Three will be her feature film directorial debut, and with casting underway, production is set to commence in the city in the third quarter of 2015.
The multi-talented young star who writes, directs and produces her own work said she chose Ballarat for her feature film debut because of its quaint charm and natural beauty. “Country Victoria is energetically a really special place for me, having grown up out here, so I am really excited to capture its beauty on screen,” she said. Three is a film that deals with current Australian human rights issues including indigenous incarceration and same sex marriage. “All of my filmmaking is human rights based, because that is where my passions lay,” Hayes said. “And I also believe that is where humanity has the most work top do. This film delves into some issues that I hope to build empathy and compassion around, not only in Australia but around the world. Also, there is a little love thrown in for good measure.” Hayes is known for her support of equality and women’s rights around the world.
Her last film Wuriyan, starring Mark Coles Smith, Christine Anu and Hayes herself, was created in order to encourage equality and raise awareness to Australia’s indigenous suicide rates (the highest in the world), and the need for equal access to education and opportunity across our land.
Hayes is also an accomplished actress, most
recently starring in Chris Sun’s Aussie horror ‘Charlie’s Farm’ alongside Hollywood heavyweights Tara Reid, Bill Moseley and Kane Hodder.