Esther Anderson to star in short film ‘Breathing Underwater’

28 September, 2010 by IF

Press release from The Production Room

Esther Anderson (Gold Logie Nominee and Silver Logie Nominee) will be heading to Brisbane this weekend to star in the 35mm short film Breathing Underwater as “Jodie”. Anderson, best known for her current role in Home and Away, was recently a popular contestant on Dancing With The Stars. She stars alongside Andrew Buchanan, playing the character of “David”, Jodie’s concerned husband.


Set for completion by the end of October, Breathing Underwater is a story of a mother, incapable of moving on with her life after the tragic drowning of
her child, who clings desperately to the slowly fading memory of her lost son by submerging herself in their backyard swimming pool. Her dangerous obsession takes its toll on the family and her estranged ways are destroying the relationships around her. The film is set to raise awareness about the important and current issue of backyard drownings.

Emerging Brisbane filmmaker Peter Ireland will be Directing this powerful piece of drama. Ireland recently took home two Queensland New Filmmaker
Awards for his musical short film Blueberry Lane and debut music video for Sydney artist Brendan Maclean’s Practically Wasted. Following his stream of successful productions, Ireland opened “The Production Room,” a Brisbane based production company that specialises in film and television production services.

Producing Breathing Underwater is Sydney based Samantha Laidlaw. Samantha has been working on a number of national television productions such as Australia’s Got Talent and XFactor for Network Seven, and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here for UK ITV1 & ITV2. Laidlaw says, “Producing
Breathing Underwater for Peter and The Production Room has been a wonderful opportunity to further my film experience. Shooting half the film underwater and on 35mm will give us a high quality film that is visually interesting, to support an emotionally gritty piece of drama”. Laidlaw said she is confident and excited about working with Anderson in her development of the complex character of Jodie.

Breathing Underwater was selected for production under the QPIX Short Drama Development and Production Program, a funding initiative partnered
by Screen Queensland and Screen Australia. The script was co-written over a year ago by Ireland and fellow Griffith Film School alumnus Yianni

Breathing Underwater commences shooting this weekend and will be released at the beginning of December.

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