'Rip Tide' - Tanya Messmann Found Her Passion For Film


AN ELECTIVE subject at university took former Yeppoon mum Tanya Meessmann on a journey into film making that has changed her life and seen her latest project, Rip Tide, open in cinemas nationally last week.

Tanya grew up in Yeppoon, was educated at Yeppoon State Primary and then St Ursula’s College. Her dream was to study business communication and forge a successful career.

Studying at Bond University, Tanya took the elective Video 101 and a passion for film making was born that she could not deny.

Tanya said she went to work in advertising both in Australia and London for a number of years but the fire in her belly for film was still there.

“In 2007 I moved to Northern Ireland to pursue my dreams in film making and at 24, became the production manager of my first feature film,” Tanya said.

“Over a 10-year career, I worked on a senior team of six feature films, a load of commercials and short films, including some I have written and directed.

“I am very proud of my current project, Rip Tide, for which I was production supervisor and co-producer.”

Tanya said she takes immense pride in Rip Tide because of its ability to communicate with the under-catered-to genre of teenage girls.

“This film has great depth and a solid adult storyline. It is an emotive journey that encourages young girls to follow their dreams,” she said.

“It touches on the needs of young women in a universal way and their need for positive role models and mentors.”

Mentoring young women and teens is another of Tanya’s passions that she has now taken to the next level.

Her new business FUEL, links young women with extraordinary women from all professional fields to offer mentoring, encouragement and information in their areas of interest.

Having just had her second son a few weeks ago, Tanya said she is continuing to mentor other young women herself while consulting on scriptwriting and production and running her new business.

Rip Tide was released nationally through Event Cinemas on September 14. It is hoped the film will be released internationally next year.

It is a touching coming of age saga starring Disney’s Debby Ryan that will appeal to teen girls and would make the ideal mum-daughter outing to the movies.