Mornington Peninsula resident Sarah Mayberry, her husband, Chris, and friend Shane have transformed a lockdown project into a self-funded indie film called Shame. Kate Sears speaks to Sarah about the support they’ve experienced from the community while making the gripping thriller that follows the deadly fallout between two women when an online journalist insists on a tell-all interview with a policewoman who failed to act at a mass shooting.
Shame stars Nadine Garner and Samantha Cain in a gripping thriller with very high stakes. What can audiences expect?
This is one of those movies where people are going to be on the edge of their seats trying to work out what will happen next and whose side they are on. Both Nadine and Samantha are giving towering performances. We can’t wait for audiences to see them.
How did Shame come about?
We started talking about making a low-budget movie just as the first lockdown occurred. As a team, the three of us threw around a few ideas and went away to flesh out some ideas. At least, that’s what Shane and I thought we were doing. Chris just started writing the script that would become Shame. He presented it to us a couple of weeks later and we all looked at each other and said, “Well, obviously this is the movie we will be making”. Everyone who has come on board has had the same powerful reaction to the script.
Your project employed more than 30 Victorian film and TV professionals as well as supporting local businesses. How did you go about finding locations?
It’s wonderful to film in our backyard. The local community has been amazing. People have volunteered equipment, locations, products and services. It’s been incredible. We knew it was special down here when we moved to Mount Eliza 10 years ago, but making this film has really driven that home. We feel very blessed and supported.
You write for Neighbours as well. How has that been?
I have been writing for the show for more than 20 years now. I have a genuine love for the characters and the concept of the show, which is one of the reasons I’ve lasted so long on the writers’ list, I think. It’s a big family out at Nunawading, with everyone working together to try to produce something that entertains millions around the world.
You’re also an award-winning, best-selling author of more than 30 novels. What ignited your passion for writing?
I’ve always loved reading, disappearing into an imaginary world, and I think that most writers start out as avid readers. At some point you start imagining the books you would like to read, and then it’s just a few small steps to writing them.
Anything else to add?
A lot of people say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes a village to make an independent movie, too. So many people have contributed to the viability and – we hope – success of this movie. We will be forever grateful for the support we’ve received.
To be informed of Shame’s release date, follow it on Facebook at @ShameTheMovie