Zombies bring outback town to life, ABC Mildura Swan Hill, Charlotte King

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An amateur zombie film is shaking a sleepy outback town out of its slumber.

image courtesy ABC Mildura Swan Hill

image courtesy ABC Mildura Swan Hill

There's a certain irony in using a zombie apocalypse to inject life into a community.

But in the grain farming town of Ouyen, in Victoria's arid north west, that is exactly what's happened.

Five small towns across the state, with populations under 1,500 people, have been subsidised by the Victorian Government to transform their community through an arts project.

Ouyen's high school students have chosen to use part of this funding to create an amateur zombie apocalypse film.

And it's had an unexpected response from the community.


Roxy in the spotlight, Sunraysia Daily

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A SPECIAL ceremonial sod turning by celebrity musician and comedian Barry Morgan will take place at Ouyen’s Roxy Theatre next month as part of the Mallee Up in Lights Small Town Transformation.

SET FOR CENTRE STAGE: Musician and comedian Barry Morgan will perform at next month’s ceremony to mark the next stage of the Mallee Up in Lights Small Town Transformation at Ouyen’s Roxy Theatre.

SET FOR CENTRE STAGE: Musician and comedian Barry Morgan will perform at next month’s ceremony to mark the next stage of the Mallee Up in Lights Small Town Transformation at Ouyen’s Roxy Theatre.

The sod turning will mark the official start of the physical rejuvenation of the Roxy Theatre courtyard, which has been central to the overall transformation of Ouyen through artistic and cultural activities.

Arts and Culture Councillor Jill Joslyn said it was an important occasion for Ouyen residents, not only to celebrate the beginning of the final stage of the project, but to recognise the creativity, hard work and commitment of locals.

“So many local people have been involved in various community initiatives as a part of this project,” Cr Joslyn said.

“There have been terrazzo design workshops, The Great Ouyen Zombie Apocalypse film project is under way, and so many other groups including the kindergarten, schools, community groups and local businesses have also been involved.

“From a council point of view we are really just here to offer support – this is well and truly a community-run project.

“Barry Morgan is well known for his performances on TV shows such as Spicks and Specks, In Gordon Street Tonight and The Marngrook Footy Show and last year went on tour with Gotye.

“He is actually an organ salesman from Adelaide and runs a store in the Sunnyside Mall and his shows are said to be hilarious.”

Barry has sold out live shows including the Edinburgh Fringe, the Sydney Comedy Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide and Perth Fringe, the Famous Spiegeltent and performed to adoring young crowds at the Homebake and Falls Festivals.

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“We really encourage everyone who has been involved to date in the Mallee Up in Lights project to come along to this great milestone event,” Cr Joslyn said.