A movie filmed in Albany and the Great Southern last year, and created by a local crew, will premiere at a Perth film festival in July. The film, titled Frank and Frank (or The Valley And The Walrus: Ruminations on The Mystery From Soup to Nuts) and was written, directed and executive produced by local filmmaker Adam Morris. It stars acclaimed WA actors Trevor Jamieson, who has appeared in Rabbit-Proof Fence, Bran Nue Dae and Storm Boy, and former Home and Away and McLeod’s Daughters actor Myles Pollard, alongside Rebecca Leafe, Talarah Pedrocchi Roelofs, and Vanessa Stone. Morris described the film as a “platonic love story hiding inside a comedy”. “It tells the story of a faith and finance guru Frank, played by Myles Pollard, who heads to the country to present at a regional TEDx conference, only to find out his wife is thinking of leaving him,” he said. “As his life unravels, he finds comfort in his new neighbour Frank, played by Trevor Jamieson, an itinerant artist, bon vivant and serial womaniser who just might save his life, or ruin it completely, once and for all.” Morris said Jamieson and Pollard required chemistry akin to that of the leads of a romantic comedy to play their characters convincingly. “It is a film about male friendship, essentially, and surprisingly there just aren’t many of those films around, and perhaps the reason for that is that the chemistry between the two male leads has to be believable just as it would in a romantic comedy or romantic drama, and that’s hard to capture on screen,” he said. “Both Myles and Trevor go through the movie finding out about each other and end up inseparable, kind of like an old married couple. “They both brought a terrific sense of humanity to their respective roles, and their chemistry on screen is quite magical.” The official trailer for the film was released last week and features settings that will be familiar to residents as it was filmed in various locations in Albany and Mt Barker last August. Morris said the area, which he calls home, was “literally one of the most unique and extraordinary parts of the planet” and should be celebrated on screen. “Albany and the Great Southern is always playing a character in our films, whether we want it to or not,” he said. “It is the kind of landscape that insists on being the centre of attention. “Last year we filmed at Middleton Beach with Mt Clarence in the background, we filmed a scene at the Gun Range around Princess Harbour, as well as The Corkescrew Gallery in Mt Barker, and threw Myles and Trevor in the King River in the middle of winter for one of the film’s most memorable moments.” The film’s crew includes executive producer Ian Hale, cinematographer Lauchlan Gillet, sound technician Kin Lofts and Talarah Pedrocchi Roelofs as editor. Morris said he was in the midst of filming one movie every year for 10 years, beginning with his directorial debut Edward and Isabella, released last year. Filming on a budget that was nearly five times that which funded his first film, Morris said he “felt a little like Michael Bay by comparison”, with the cast and crew enjoying catering by Six Degrees and accommodation at the Hilton Garden Inn. Frank and Frank will premiere at the Revelation Perth International Film Festival in July, with plans for a local premiere later in the year. As for Morris, the film production work continues with his next feature Frederickstown, starring Kath and Kim’s Peter Rowsthorn, Jamieson and Pollard, to be shot locally at the end of this year.