Next Train from Castlemaine


"Next Train from Castlemaine" is a bittersweet and emotional relationship drama about an old, recently widowed man, Ronan, who battles to keep his independence and is forced to make decisions that might change the course of the rest of his life as his daughter, Daisy, is moving him into a nursing home.

Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival Online 20
New York Lift-Off Film Festival Online 2

Film Production Company: Taival Films


Director: Melisa Visca

Screenwriter & Creative Producer: Heidi Ylä-Ajos

Director of Photography: Jordan Montgomery

Co-Producer: Melisa Visca

1st AD: C.K. Michael

1st AC/Focus Puller: Liam Fouracre

Sound Recordist: Daisy Nduta 

Boom Operator: Sudharshan Hariharan

Props Master, Wardrobe & Set Dresser: Heidi Ylä-Ajos

Mr Flaus’ Personal Assistant: Daniel Robbins

Editor/Colourist: C.K. Michael

Sound Designer/Sound Mix: Timothy Knowles

Music provided by: Sonder Score

Composer: Michael Alvey

Trumpet performed by: Evan Osbourne


John Flaus as Ronan Wellars

Helen Hopkins as Daisy Wellars

Extras in the order of appearance:

William Reid

Chavez Opetaia

Grace Rule & Bear - the Dog

Lorraine Le Plastrier

Peter Giri, Peter Evans and Shane Dillon from Bendigo Castlemaine Removalists


Special thanks to: 

SAE Creative Media Institute, Melbourne

Bronwyn Thompson & Rodney Dale

Jeff Halacas & the team at Castlemaine Fresh

Mark and Emily Kemp, Rod Dangerfield & the team at Top Meats

Claire Baker and Mount Alexander Shire Council

James Twining and the team at V-Line

Aileen, Claire, Eva & the team at The Castlemaine Visitor Centre

Wally’s Dog Café

Lee & Nicole French at The Village Patch

Saffs Café

Katie Ellis & the Fitbitch Group

Sean Cousins

Tristan Meredith

Robbie Studsor

Ian Dixon

Maldon Hotel & the staff


And of course huge thank you for

Castlemaine for being so hospitable