Hawkesbury-shot film, The Rage of Jesus', to screen in St Kilda Film Festival 2021

A short film shot entirely in the Hawkesbury will have its world premier at the St Kilda Film Festival in Port Phillips, Victoria.

The festival runs from May 20 to 29 and will consist of a mixture of live and online screenings.

Filmmaker Jesse Williamson said he had the highest respect for the Hawkesbury community, some of whom were "extremely vital in so many stages of production and getting the project made".

The film, called 'The Rage of Jesus', is a short drama set in 1970s country Australia. The narrative is a dark and melancholic tale of two young brothers that steal their fathers gun and attempt to kill him, hoping to protect one another and bring their mother home.

"It's an 11 minute short film that is fairly quiet. We follow the boys as they learn to use the gun and accept harsh consequences of a grown up world," said Mr Williamson.

"About 90 per cent [of the film] was shot on a small piece of land just off of Wilberforce Road - it was a small house down a long drive and nestled in some trees. It was a very versatile location - we used the house for the internal scenes and various external spaces for the external scenes.

"We stayed in Windsor. While location scouting we met an amazing woman named Venecia Wilson who went on to become basically a producer of the film. She helped us land shooting locations, she found us extra crew, she found us a stills photographer, aided in transporting equipment and took care of catering. Once we started having accomodation issues she reached out to a friend of hers and all was history."

Mr Williamson said he was sad to hear the land the film was shot on was overwhelmed by the March flood.

"I'm hoping that the premier of the film could bring a little bit of good news to not only those that helped us, but the community in general," he said.

Mr Williamson said he would shoot in the Hawkesbury again.

"We met so many amazing people that did everything in their power to help us out. The area is full of amazing people and we're definitely coming back to shoot a few more films, and would love to build a relationship with the community," he said.

Local actor Baylee Arndt plays one of the lead roles in the film.

The Rage of Jesus will screen online from 10am on Friday, May 21 until 7.30pm on Saturday, May 29, in the Australia's Top 100: Suburban Keyholes category.