Cold Turkey (2003)

“You can pick your mates but you can’t pick your family.”

Cold Turkey explores the relationship of two brothers against a back drop of manipulative mind games.  Shane’s brother Robby is leaving for a job in the opal fields of Coober Pedy.  Feeling abandoned Shane plots a way to join his brother but better yet for his brother to stay in Alice Springs. Urging Robby to hit the town on their last night together Shane takes his brother on a dark emotional ride where Robby has to decipher fact from fiction.  A story of disempowerment and the breaking of a spirit, in the name of “brotherly love”.


45 minute drama
Writer/Director: Steven McGregor

Awards and Screenings
2003 Nominated AFI Australian Film Institute Award “Best Screenplay in a Short Film” and “Open Craft Award Best Actor John Moore”
2003 Adelaide International Film Festival
2003 Australasian Video Awards, Gold Medal “Short Film Drama”
2003 Milano Film Festival
2003 Winner for “Best NT Film” and “Best cinematography” – Down Under Film Festival
2003 National screening tour – 50 Minutes from Home
2003 St Kilda Film Festival
2003 Bless Your BLaK Arts

Writer & Director    Steven McGregor (Ind)
Producer        Priscilla Collins (Ind)
Line Producer        Kath Shelper
Director of Photography    Allan Collins (Ind)
Production Designer    Sam Hobbs
Editor            Karen Johnson
Sound Designer        Mike Gissing
Composer        David Bridie
1st Assistant Director    Sophy Robertson
Script Editor        Greg Woodland, John Lonie
Production Manager        Kath Shelper
Production Co-ordinator        Danni Townsend
Pre Production Co-ordinator    Lisa Stefanoff
Production Runners        Tanith Glynn (Ind), Robert Thornton (Ind)
Additional Production Assistance    Sonette Johnson (Ind), Robyn Nardoo (Ind)
2nd Assistant Director    Beck Cole (Ind)
3rd Assistant Directors    Neville Khan (Ind), Lisa Stefanoff
Continuity    Kristina Ceyton
Camera Operator    Allan Collins (Ind)
Focus Puller    Simeon Bryan
Clapper Loader    Lesley Watson
Key Grip    Robin Morgan
Best Boy Grip    Paul Hamlyn
Low Loader    Pete “Itchy” Itsines
Gaffer        Geoff Maine
Best Boy    Damien Hammond
Additional Electrics    Warwick Thornton (Ind), Vance Glynn (Ind), Errol Williams
Sound Recordist    Chris Izzard
Boom Operator    David Tranter (Ind)
Art Department Co-ordinator    Ruth Pietersen
Props Buyer / Standby Props    Sam Wilde
Titles Design            Joanne McIntyre
Art Department Runner        Ali Walsh
Graphics            Kitty Ho, Carla Mamaril
Art Department Assistants    Marilena Hippis, Vance Glynn (Ind), Cassandra Walsh, Janine Stanton, Lucy Ingram, Keith Davies, Joseph Rourke, Karen Unsworth, Georgia Miller, Martin Proctor, Kim Kernze
Wardrobe    Abby Howells
Make Up        Belinda Balding
Special Effects Supervisor    Lloyd Finnemore
Vehicle Wrangler        Errol Williams
Carpenters    Darryl Canal (Ind), Terry Cooper
Additional Armoury            Ian Wilson
Safety & Stunt Co-ordinator    Lawrence Woodward
Precision Driver        Russell Allen
Assistant Editor        Adam Sharman
Stills Photographer        Mark Rogers
Catering    Kungka’s Can Cook (Ind)
Unit        Tony Howard (Ind), Kimberley Clarke (Ind)
Nurse        Carol Bourne
Extras Carer    Megan Parker
Additional Stills    David Curl
Accountants        Jacqui Clarke, Bianca Miller (Ind)


Principal Actors
Robby        Wayne Munro (Ind)
Shane        John Moore (Ind)
Old Man     Kelton Pell (Ind)

Supporting Cast
Bernie            Christine Palmer (Ind)
Police officers        Gorgy Winter
Adam May
Heath Farlow
ATM female tourist    Bec Sindler
Brother boys        Alan ‘Oopy’ Campbell (Ind)
Martin ‘Bobo’ Campbell (Ind)
Tavern bouncer        Ricky Ramp (Ind)
Tavern barman        Errol Williams
Tavern girls        Melissa Middleton (Ind)
Jacinta Castle (Ind)
Accident man        Neville Khan (Ind)
Accident women        Netta Williams (Ind)
Audrey Martin (Ind)
Ida Granite (Ind)
Old men            Trevor Adamson (Ind)
Steve Laxton (Ind)