STAR MATERIAL: Lily Bell-Tindley on the set of Lou with director Belinda Chayko. The film’s Northern Rivers premiere will be in Byron Bay on Monday afternoon.
STAR MATERIAL: Lily Bell-Tindley on the set of Lou with director Belinda Chayko. The film’s Northern Rivers premiere will be in Byron Bay on Monday afternoon.

Lily Bell-Tindley a rising star

A LOCAL 12-year-old has already made her big break into the nat-ional film industry, impressing international actors and directors along the way.

Lily Bell-Tindley, from Wardell, is the star of the new Northern Rivers-made film Lou, which premieres in Byron Bay on Monday.

The film, set at Murwillumbah and Cabarita Beach, was filmed last year using local crew and follows the story of an elderly man with Alzheimer’s disease, played by English actor John Hurt, and his granddaughter, played by Lily.

Writer and director Belinda Chayko is not the only one impressed by the young actor.

“We discovered her at a casting in Byron Bay as we were keen to cast from the local area, but we weren’t expecting to find the leading lady,” she said.

“Lily had to connect on-screen with John Hurt, who has 50 years’ experience in acting. John worked out very quickly that she was someone with a special talent.”

Lily comes from a family of musicians, her mother being local country music singer Sarah Tindley and her father is the internationally-renowned ukulele player Azo Bell.

Ms Chayko was adamant on finding a young actor who was on the cusp of puberty at 11 years old who could adapt to the roll and could deal with being away from home filming for six weeks.

Originally from Coffs Harbour before moving to Sydney, Ms Chayko had trouble finishing the script for Lou in the city and moved to Murwillumbah, where she was able to find the time and the environment to finish the project.

The inspiration for the film was based on realities realised throughout Ms Chayko’s own life.

“One of the key inspirations was my uncle, who has Alzheimer’s, and I was particularly struck by the fact he lived in a parallel reality and we were always trying to push our reality on to him,” she said.

The Northern Rivers premiere will be at the Dendy Cinemas in Byron Bay on Monday at 6.30pm.


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