Northern Rivers Senior Make a Short Film Splash

December 5, 2018
FEARLESS, an initiative between Screenworks, Feros Care and The Bakery Media Production has seen nine Northern Rivers 75+ year olds star in and produce inspirational documentaries about their lives.

“One of the most incredible things about this initiative has been the commitment shown by the seniors since the initial application stage,” said Ken Crouch, Screenworks CEO. “Many of them have genuinely stepped up and learnt new skills to be able to bring their stories to the screen, ably assisted by the team at The Bakery Media Production.  This eclectic and appealing collection gives these seniors the chance to have their voices heard and share their escapades with the world.”

In our youth obsessed culture we forget how much we can learn from our seniors, and the following stories offer plenty of wisdom that anyone would appreciate:

Wendy Taylor, Suffolk Park (79 years young): Wendy is a creative force to be reckoned with and one of her (many) mantras is “don’t go beige with age!” She posts her inspirational musings on growing older and shares her fashion secrets with her Instagram followers at WendysThirdAct

Margaret Fisher, Byron Bay (88 years young): Margaret is a tennis nut and practices daily in Byron Bay with her dog ‘Coach Leo’. She travelled to Croatia in October to compete in the World Senior Tennis Championships.

Royden Ainsworth, Ballina (80 years young): A seasoned jazz musician and composer, Royden can’t imagine his life without music. He is still composing, organising gigs and playing regularly with his two jazz bands across the Northern Rivers region.

Julie Crow, Suffolk Park (76 years young): Julie is vibrant and strong. She proves it by challenging herself to swing upside down from a circus trapeze for the first time ever.

Peter Warner, Lismore/Tweed (87 years young): Peter is keen for another ocean adventure with his old Tongan crew mate. He sails a yacht into the ocean and organises a drone to capture the results.

Nina Milenko Marzi, Byron Bay (97 years young): Nina charms everyone she meets. She credits drumming, dancing, friendship and shopping for her colourful Byron Bay lifestyle.

Klaas Nierop, Ballina (87 years young): Klaas loves his outdoors lifestyle. He and his beloved dog, Wolfie live on a boat in Ballina harbour. He kayaks, cycles, swims and visits the gym to stay strong and it shows.

Berenice Lancaster, Byron Bay (77 years young): A self-confessed swimming addict, Berenice swims across Byron Bay every morning and her latest overseas jaunt was an ocean-trek holiday, swimming around the Greek Islands.

Feather Thompson, Byron Bay (82 years young); Feather is a local legend who refuses to change as she ages, she’s still dancing up a storm to the live bands in the Byron pubs and sunbakes nude on its beaches.

“We are thrilled with the personalities and stories that this project has uncovered,” said Jennene Buckley, Feros CEO. “We’d love for these films to surprise, charm and inspire people. Ultimately we’re confident that our 9 FEARLESS seniors are going to crush those boring old stereotypes about growing older”

Check out all of the films at

Leave a Comment