Cherry Bomb

November 20th, 2009 by Glendyn

I have been working on the 2nd draft of my script Cherry Bomb, a film I was working on before Last Ride was sent to me. Cherry Bomb is about a bunch of teenagers who rob a bank in Brisbane, Australia, in 1978. It’s based on a true story.

I first heard the story on talk back radio 5 years. The headline news story at the time was about some prisoners who had recently escaped from a Perth jail and the radio host was asking callers if they had ever been ‘on the run’. A caller named ‘Pat’ rang up and told his story about what it was like to be on the run from the police when he was 16 after robbing a bank. I was so taken by the story, I was driving at the time and I had to pull over and just sit and listen to his story. Over the next week or so, I tracked Pat down and flew to meet him in Brisbane. My producer for this project Jane Liscombe and I optioned his story soon after.

The photo above is of ‘Pat’ aged 15, (That’s Alice Cooper make-up he’s wearing!) one year before he and his 15 year old girlfriend and two other friends robbed a bank and (almost) got away with over $40 000. The photo below is from the same time. I find these images, and a bunch more I photographed from Pats childhood photo album amazing. If I can get a sniff of the atmosphere and the energy of these random polaroids in the script, I think I’ll be on the right track.

Cherry Bomb has taken along time to come together, partly as I was swept away with Last Ride. I find it really difficult to work on more than one thing at time, something I need to get much better at. Progress is slow, but I’m really happy with the direction this script is heading in.

3 Responses to “Cherry Bomb”

  1. The site formally known as www.GlendynIvin.com » Blog Archive » HEAVY METAL PICNIC! Says:

    [...] very specific time and place. A time and place I myself am totally fascinated with. My feature film Cherry Bomb is drawing heavily from this world, although it’s set about 6 years before these guys were [...]

  2. HOAXVILLE » Blog Archive » QUEEN OF COOL Says:

    [...] December 7th, 2010 by Glendyn I think I’ve contributed to a hundred or so hits on this clip over the past few days. It’s one of the coolest live performances I seen. I saw Blondie last week on tour with the Pretenders and my friend Adalita supporting¬†(who by the way is soon releasing her debut solo album, which is freaking amazing!)¬†. Blondie may look a little different these days, but man, she is still the queen of cool. I want this song in Cherry Bomb! [...]

  3. HOAXVILLE » Blog Archive » THE QUEEN OF COOL Says:

    [...] I want this song in Cherry Bomb! [...]

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