Filmmaker ready to gamble on success

The taboo topic of gambling in rugby league will be tackled head-on in a new feature film.

Old Mount Druitt-raised Heath Davis is co-producer of Broke, about a former rugby league star turned gambling addict.

He turns his life around with the help of his number one fan.

A number of former and current high-profile players have fallen into gambling in recent years.

The former St Marys Senior High student played junior rugby league for 10 years with the Colyton Colts alongside former NRL star Craig Gower.

The pair remain good friends.

"Australian film hasn't tackled this subject before," Davis said.

"I grew up in these circles and believe the problem is too often ignored.

"I hope we do justice to the story, make a difference and get people thinking."

Davis and his co-producer have been inundated with support from former and current players.

Money is being poured into the project through a crowd funding model, so the public can contribute as little or much as they like.

In two weeks the project has raised more than $30,000 of the $55,000 needed.

"We're taking the film to the people," Davis said. "They are the ones who will make the film happen.

"We're hoping NRL clubs will get on board as well.

"We're yet to take it to Screen Australia because we wanted to show them there's an audience for this type of film."

Davis hopes the audience will get an important message from the film.

"It's a drama with some comedy in it," he said.

"It will make you laugh and cry.

"I hope people go away and stop to think about their lives and the way they treat others."

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