RIDER AND WRITER
The Story of Adam Lindsay Gordon
Rider and WriterA film by Brenton Manser and The Vanguard SHORT HISTORY: In 2008 ‘Brenton Manser and the Vanguard’ set out to create a film documentary called ‘The Wreck of the Admella’ leading up to the 150th commemoration of the event. The Admella came to grief on our local southern coastline in 1859. This was our first work as a team. We were so happy with our product and the team spirit that had formed around the project that we decided to continue telling local stories in film and song. We are first and foremost a family folk band made up of Father, Mother, three sons and daughter-in-law, performing original songs of the stories from our south coast. Branching into film was very easy with Brenton having contacts in the industry, the family being all musicians and able to compose all of the music needed, and forming an alliance with cinematographer and long time friend, Robert Tremelling. Allan and Jenny Childs at Dingley Dell Cottage are very much into the history of the Admella and being cousins to Brenton and friends of the family, made it easy for them to become part of the team. The second project for the team was ‘Old Mary’s Ride’: the story of the famous Vauxhall that crashed into the Blue Lake in Mt Gambier in 1936. The film was directed and produced by Brenton Manser, filmed and edited by Robert Tremelling with music and acting from the whole team and computer animation by Jeshua Manser. The film featured the Mt Gambier Veteran and Vintage Car Club and was given great assistance by council, the local community and friends of the team. This was a highly successful project with a sell-out Premiere of the film but even before that, became the talk of Mt Gambier when the original Vauxhall was located and brought back to the city for film re- enactments. Since then the team has expanded again with the addition of a sound manager for live performance, a period clothing seamstress and an on- location film sound manager, making 12 in the team.
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