QCA grads ‘star’ in feature film

A group of Queensland College of Art Griffith University graduates are involved in making a new feature film in Brisbane this summer.

QCA graduates, producer Jade van der Lei, first assistant director Alana Jessop, designer Hayley Egan and locations manager Dorian Riberio are working on All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane which starts its three-week shoot on January 5.

The romantic comedy centres on 20-somethings in Brisbane trying to decide whether they want to do “the overseas thing” or stay in their hometown — and what they risk by choosing either option.

“It’s a very Brisbane story but a universal story,” said van der Lei.

“It’s about finding your place in life and in the world.”

The cast includes some of Australia’s well-known actors, including Charlotte Gregg (All Saints, Home and Away), Matt Zeremes (The Surgeon, Burke and Wills), Gyton Grantley (Headland, A Man’s Gotta Do) and Ryan Johnson (The Secret Life of Us, Thunderstruck).

The movie will be filmed entirely on location in Brisbane in Paddington, New Farm and Wynnum.