Summer Coda cost $680,000

Director Richard Gray has revealed that his debut feature Summer Coda cost $680,000 to make.

“Do you want to know a big secret? My fabulous team and I made Summer Coda for $680,000. Total. That’s all in. Not a cent more. Finished with print. We didn’t want anyone to know because we didn’t want to be seen as just another low budget Aussie film. I’m so bored with that stigma. But now that we’ve been reviewed and judged and seen, I can let you know.  Because we believe we’ve made something really beautiful, with an amazing cast that looks and sounds like FIVE TIMES more than we spent. And we’re really proud of it. We can do MORE for LESS,” he said.

So, did Summer Coda avoid that stigma?

“The audiences that we’ve spoken to really enjoyed the film,” Gray told Encore. “They thought it was something different and beautiful, which is lovely. But I’m probably the wrong person to speak too, because rarely will a director be told to his/her face that our work wasn’t liked!

Summer Coda was released in October and has earned more than $200,000 at the box office.

“In all seriousness the response has been fantastic. But it’s certainly eye opening how hard it is to get Aussies to see local films. What a brilliant job Roadshow did with Bran Nue Dae and Madman with Animal Kingdom. We didn’t have hundreds of thousands or even millions to spend on P&A though, so we’re very happy with how we’re trucking along. We’ve sold DVD, Pay TV, multiple airlines, and just signed with international sales agent Entertainment One. We will make our budget back and then some, which is a rare position to be in, particularly in this country,” said Gray.


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