The suburb and a few of its businesses will feature on the world stage when Jeremiah Puni’s moving short film, ‘Keys’, premieres at the Topanga Film Festival in Los Angeles on August 17.
The film, which has already won Best Children Short at the Indie Short Fest, was shot entirely in Riverwood and may very well cite some of its success from the help and support of local businesses.
It follows 16-year-old piano prodigy Lei, a Western Sydney girl who in the face of adversity, uses her talents on the ivory keys as a constructive and creative outlet, all the while striving for her mother Cecilia’s affections, even if for one day.
There are a number of featured sets local audiences might recognise – Riverwood fish and chip shop, Riverwood Library and Knowledge Centre, the local Salvos and library, as well as Mansours Convenience store on Hannans Rd.
The film’s executive producer, Nicole Puni said it was fantastic to be selected for the festival and she couldn’t wait for the screening.
“We’re very grateful because the crew worked so hard and also for the hugely supportive and brilliant local businesses. We’re just so appreciative of it,” she said.
The annual Topanga Film Festival (since 2004) includes screenings, workshops, panels, mixers, and other events to present work that is courageous, innovative, and that inspires action.