ACTION: Brax the superstar border collie with his favourite ball.
ACTION: Brax the superstar border collie with his favourite ball.

Superstar collie gets a taste of the big time

A BORDER collie has shown he's got what it takes to be in one of the toughest industries known to man, or dog.    Nine-year-old Brax has traded up fetching for acting, spending his past two weekends on set shooting for a movie in which he has a starring role.    Brax's owner Kim Osborne said the independent sci-fi feature film was directed and produced by her son Steven, shot in the surrounds of the Granite Belt.    "The film aims to promote Stanthorpe and its local businesses," Mrs Osborne said.    Brax plays the role of the protagonist's pet dog, with Mrs Osborne saying for his first time in front of the camera the canine actor was a born natural.    "He's had no training," she said.    "As soon as Steve yelled out 'cut' he ran straight to the car to be in the aircon."   She said it was Brax's quirky character that scored him the role in the film.   "He's just got that personality.    "All it took was a couple of liver treats and his favourite tennis ball."    
Kim Osborne and Brax next to one of the props used in the film Strangeville.
Kim Osborne and Brax next to one of the props used in the film Strangeville.

 

It may have been Brax's first time in front of the camera, but it certainly wont be his last.   "Steven is hoping to do a part two once the first one is released."    The Applethorpe canine certainley doesn't go without, described as a very 'spoilit boy'.   "He went to the groomers and had a bath and a trim and his nails cut before filming."   Mrs Osbore said the collie has more than 500 followers on Instagram with fame calling his name.    "That's before the movie has been released.    "People just love him."   She said Brax's is also refered to as Bubba Boy.    "He got that name from bobbing his head in the car to the music.   "He gets Braxton when he is in trouble."   Steven plans on holding a premiere in Stanthorpe for the film.   "Once it's all finished we will look at where we are going to premiere it," she said.
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