Movie gets the thumbs-up down under

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THEY know what makes for good screen entertainment in Australia - this is a country that gave us Crocodile Dundee and Muriel’s Wedding, after all.

So South Yorkshire film makers were left feeling fair dinkum after a movie recorded right here in Sheffield was given a big thumbs up down under.

Threads - not the 1980s nuclear apocalypse TV drama that scared an entire generation but a hard-hitting social short - won the Audience Choice Awards at the prestigious Clare Valley Film Festival, a celebration of independent movies held annually in Blyth, South Australia.

Rob Speranza, the film’s producer and head of operations at the South Yorkshire Filmmakers Network, said: “We’re delighted to be recognised. Programmers said that they thought it was a fantastic film and it was a big hit over there.”

The film, directed by Matt Taabu, also from Sheffield, with Doncaster lad Alex Usborne as a second producer, tells the story of Liam, a mixed-race lad who learns his estranged father is a member of a far right political party. Liam is played by Waterloo Road and Hollyoaks star Reece Noi.

Ahead of its Australian success it had already been shown at a variety of European festivals in Milan, Budapest and London.