13 April 2023

Region Riverina vs NRL star and screenwriter Jason Stevens

| Glenn Pallister
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Jason Stevens

Jason Stevens has turned from footy to filmmaking. Photo: Supplied.

Wikipedia says: Jason Anthony Stevens (born 8 January, 1973) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1990s and 2000s. He is also a writer, screenwriter and actor. An Australian and NSW State of Origin representative prop, he played his club football in Sydney for the Dragons and Sharks before he retired from competitive rugby league in 2005.

We say: One of the deadset nice guys of the game. Now a successful film writer/director, his latest film, Finally Me, is a story set in the competitive world of high school cheerleading, where a young girl defies her father’s dream for her to take over the family souvlaki business and finds herself chosen to lead her team to victory despite being a complete novice and far from the stereotypical cheerleader.

Do you have a connection to the Region? What and when was your last visit?

I do have a strong connection.

I am friends with David Barnhill, who I played with at Saints. Dave helped put my film crew up in the hotel he previously owned – the William Farrar.

Also, the Mavroudis family are great friends and were amazing help when I filmed Chasing Comets in Wagga.

I launched the film in 2018 and that was the last time I was there.

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Favourite part of the Region?

Wagga Beach to watch the 5 o’clock wave!

What was your best food experience?

We went to the RSL – all you can eat – say no more.

What’s a “must do” when in the region?

For me, it was hanging in the coffee shops, meeting the people. Watching a local game of AFL or footy was fun as well.

Drive or fly?


What are your three go-to songs on the road trip to the Region?

The Greatest – SIA; I Never Walk Alone – Huey Lewis and the News; and Perfect Symphony – Ed Sheeran with Andrea Bocelli.

Name one person you would not want in the passenger seat for the drive.

Beau Ryan. He would be on his phone the whole trip.

Name anyone, dead or alive, you would want in the passenger seat for the drive.

Elvis. I was born on his birthday and named my son Presley.

Do you bring your own pillows?

No, nor underwear.

Why should someone who hasn’t visited here make the trip?

The people.

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