Cameras rolling on Northern Rivers
FILMING for a major motion picture is under way in Tenterfield, Mallanganee and Drake.
The movie, titled Wrath, is a psychological thriller set in the Australian outback.
Filmmaker Jonathan Dixon, the cast and crew arrived in Drake last Monday.
Filming began the next day and will continue for another two weeks. Scenes have been already shot at the Drake Hotel, Mallanganee Motors and on an 11,000 hectare property owned by Rod Ramsay, who is also starring in the film as Edward Thompson.
Northern Rivers Screenworks has assisted the production company to find local cast and crew.
Screenworks general manager Jill Moonie said that in addition to pitching to production companies who sought a subtropical location, she was also consistently contacted by them in return.
“This region is the third-largest screen region in Australia,” Ms Moonie said.
It also just happens to be the only regional area that has a cluster of people who work professionally in film.
“There really isn't any other region that has as many people available,” she said.
Ms Moonie said the talent pool on the Northern Rivers meant production companies could save thousands of dollars on transporting and accommodating production crew.
In addition to this, productions filmed on the Northern Rivers gave the region a huge financial boost.
Ms Moonie said productions such as the ABC's East of Everything injected up to $5 million into the region, while films such as Lou, filmed on the Tweed last year, generated about $1 million in revenue.
She said filmmaker Jonathan Dixon would provide Screenworks with an estimate of money spent in the region once filming on Wrath was complete.
Ms Moonie said Mr Dixon had been particularly enthusiastic about the region.
“He was absolutely enthusiastic in every way,” she said.
“He couldn't believe we weren't more of a magnet for filmmakers because the region provides suchdiversity in its landscape.”
In addition to two series of East of Everything, Channel Nine filmed Australia's Favourite Couple at Bangalow and Possum Creek last year, while four episodes of the French teenage TV series Foudre (meaning Lightning) were filmed at Brunswick Heads in May this year.
Drake Hotel owner Desley Kane is providing the catering for the film crew and was even asked if she wanted a small part.
“They filmed in the dining room and around the hotel,” Mrs Kane said. “Some of the locals were filmed in the dining room and a couple of people got bit parts.
“They asked me, but I said ‘no', because I'm camera shy.”
Mrs Kane said production crew were impressed with what the region had to offer.
“They've said it's such a great place to film because everything's so handy,” she said.
“It seems to be easier and quicker to get to wherever you need to go here than it is in a city.”