Crescent Head couple Chris and Lyn Dockrill’s famous film The Island of Doctor Moron is now bound for Canada.
Following its successful recent screening in a prestigious London Festival, the film has been chosen to be part of a select collection of films that will comprise the inaugural Canada West Film Festival.
The festival will be held on beautiful Galliano Island in British Columbia from March 16-18.
“It is indeed an honour to be selected for this festival,” Dockrill, the film’s director, said.
Not only is this the first Canada West Festival but it is also limited to only three days, which made the selection process that much more limiting and competitive.
The Island of Doctor Moron is in fact the only representative film from Australia.
“It’s pretty humbling to see the only Aussie flag on the program pinned next to Doc Moron”, Dockrill said.
Once again, it is wonderful to see this unique theatrical and cinematic creation that was born here in the Macleay Valley, going out to the world.
Chris Dockrill created The Island of Doctor Moron originally as a rock musical specifically for Kempsey High School, writing the script and lyrics for the 21 songs while his wife, Lyn, composed all the music for the show.
“We are a great team,” Chris said.
“Moron is one of five shows Lyn and I have written. Lyn tolerates my crazy ideas and gives them the life of her amazing musical input.”
The couple then went on to produce a fully professional production of a refined version of the live show.
The premiere production ran for four weeks in Paddington, rapidly going from an unknown to sell-out performances.
They then spent ten months in the editing suite to create the film.
The film is a first for Australia.
There are no other cinematic films of a live original Australian rock musical. A copy of the film now sits proudly in the National Film and Sound Archives of Australia.
The film has screened across five states in Australia in some of the most salubrious theatres in the country and in small halls for people who live in regional Australia.
“It really is wonderful to see our show now reaching out to and being accepted by the world at large,” said Lyn Dockrill.
Chris Dockrill was the English and Drama Head Teacher at Kempsey High School for many years while Lyn was the principal of West Kempsey Public School.