Films in development
In the middle of the Australian desert is the small mining town of Coober Pedy, where a group of passionate, cricket-mad Sri Lankans are looking to make their mark in their new home. Once a thriving opal mecca, the town is now at a crossroads, and it is up to the residents to bring pride and purpose back to their community.
In this outback town, there is a large diaspora of Sri Lankan migrants who have found opportunity in the freedom of life outside the big cities. Here, they can spend time with their families, be part of the community, find meaning and most importantly – play cricket. In Sri Lanka cricket is a national obsession, and it is little surprise the Sri Lankan cricket team of Coober Pedy are undefeatable against their local rivals.
But the charismatic team captain Fernando dreams of more: to create an outback cricket match that will bring about change in Coober Pedy, bringing together the town as they challenge a team of champion interstate players from ‘down South’ for the ‘Dusty Wicket Trophy’.
Through all the hurdles and logistical challenges of hosting such a remote event, the film celebrates cricket as a powerful means of transcending and overcoming cultural differences, combating social isolation, and the unyielding spirit of a community searching for connection and belonging in rural Australia. Recruiting players from surrounding cattle stations, mining camps and remote communities, lifelong residents and new migrants must all come together, united by cricket in one of the most isolated towns in Australia.
Race to the centre
As Abdullah embarks on this daunting journey, he’s not just racing against other cyclists; he’s racing against the demons of depression, anxiety, inadequacy, and worthlessness that have haunted him. Race to the Centre is a rollercoaster of emotions, a hilarious and heartwarming adventure that showcases the power of human determination, the beauty of self-discovery, and the enduring bond between a man and his trusty bike.