28 April 2010

Ipswich will host world film premiere


IPSWICH will host the world premiere of John Jarratt's latest film  next month.

On the set of Savages Crossing, which was filmed in Ipswich.

IPSWICH will host the world premiere of John Jarratt's latest film next month.

Representatives from Reading Cinemas Redbank will meet the Savages Crossing team to finalise the premiere date today.

It is understood Jarratt and fellow star Craig McLachlan will lead the red-carpet event on May 12 or 13.

Reading Redbank complex manager Lauren Kerr said Savages Crossing would be shown at selected Reading and Palace cinemas in Queensland, News South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

"All we've got to do is confirm the date for the premiere, but it's very exciting for Reading and Ipswich," she said.

"It will be great to have the movie stars here."

Savages Crossing was filmed on location in Fernvale and North Booval in 2008.

It was produced by Jarratt and stars McLachlan, Rebecca Smart, Sacha Horler and Jessica Napier.

The thriller examines the death and mayhem that ensues when a group of people become stranded at a roadhouse during a flood.

Jarratt also plays the lead role of a psychologically twisted man who finds himself in a kill-or-be-killed situation.

The Wolf Creek star paid tribute to south-east Queensland's emerging film industry. "I just think Brisbane is a good place to film," he said.

"The environment's really good. You can shoot everything except snow, and it's got city and country.

"It's not flooded with film production houses like Sydney and Melbourne, and there's a lot more excitement."

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said he was looking forward to seeing the city on the big screen.

"Scenes for Inspector Gadget 2 were filmed in Ipswich and virtually all of Savages Crossing was filmed here," he said.

"To get actors like John Jarratt and Craig McLachlan here is tremendous for Ipswich, and it gets people talking about the place.

"I'd like to see Ipswich people get behind the movie and make sure it's a success, because investments like this bring a lot of benefits to the region.

"Hopefully we can continue to attract more film producers to the region. It's something that I support as mayor and I know a lot of people get a real buzz out of seeing the actors here."

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