Marigold takes the lead

THE LEAD: Marigold Pazar plays Ruth and directs the short film Exodus: The Endless Valley. Picture: supplied
THE LEAD: Marigold Pazar plays Ruth and directs the short film Exodus: The Endless Valley. Picture: supplied

NEWCASTLE talent Marigold Pazar has been an actor for more than a decade and is currently directing and performing in a low-budget, Newcastle-produced short film Exodus: The Endless Valley. 

Pazar trained with acting schools in Sydney and has also worked in community theatre in Newcastle. 

"I was brought up as a multi-disciplinary artist," she said. "I was a dancer from 3 to 18; ballet, contemporary and jazz. 

"Both my parents are artists, so I had a really strong foundation in art, music and dance.

"Acting was something I fell into, actually," Pazar said. "I was searching for something that I really wanted to do that I hadn't really branched out into."

Pazar said she was drawn towards experimental performance and collaboration. However,  acting also related to her love of telling stories. 

"Every time you take on a character, you learn something new," she said. 

"Their story, their time, their history. You are exposed to learning new stories, and that is so compelling for me.

"To be able to share and tell stories that way makes me happy. "

 Exodus: The Endless Valley is currently being shot on location in Newcastle. 

Pazar with a small team of creatives worked up a script over several months during 2018. The film went into pre-production in January, with most of the shooting completed in March. 

"It's the first time I have taken on a crew and led it as a director and an actor," Pazar said.

"Dan Flegg wrote the script, myself and the cinema-photographer, Dave Fulham, the three of us got together weekly. We'd talk about the script and then Dan would write it up and then we'd workshop it."

"The film 12-15 minute film crosses the genres of sci-fi, drama, thriller, apocalyptic and fantasy.

Pazar plays Ruth, one of two lead roles. The other lead is played by Sydney-based actor Jay Kallaway. It has been made with a crew of about eight.  

Pazar expects to have the film complete by the end of the year, before submitting it to film festivals.