1st Jan 2003

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)