QLD STRIKES FILM INVESTMENT GOLD
Written on the 9 June 2015
'QUEEN of martial arts' Cheng Pei-pei has added international muscle to the Australian production of Goldstone, as filming wrapped up in outback Queensland.
The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actress joined the set of Ivan Sen's contemporary western thriller shot in Middleton.
The all-Australian cast features Aaron Pedersen, Jacki Weaver, Alex Russell, David Gulpilil, David Wenham and Tom E. Lewis.
Goldstone producer David Jowsey says the film has played a big role in providing an economic boost to the local community.
The overall Queensland spend is expected to reach more than $2 million, including transportation, construction, accommodation, retail and hospitality.
"We estimate the production has already spent over $500,000 in the small townships of Middleton, Winton, Boulia, Longreach, Barcaldine, Townsville and Cairns," Jowsey says.
"This figure also includes fuel and meals in other small towns including Dalby, Roma, Charleville, Blackall and Mt Isa and then there is the incidental spend by our cast and crew in the local butchers, bakers, pharmacies and pubs.
"We have called upon these local communities to get involved and all of our Indigenous and Chinese extras have come from Boulia, Mt Isa, Winton and Longreach."
The project has been produced by Bunya Productions, in association with Screen Queensland and Screen Australia.
Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira says the film will attract domestic and international inbound tourism to the region.
"We are equally as thrilled for the opportunities our support of this production has afforded our local industry including one of the leads, Alex Russell, who grew up in Rockhampton and who also recently starred in Unbroken, plus Aaron Fa'Aoso also from Far North Queensland and who has been an attachment on Goldstone," Vieira says.
"The film is about the quintessential Queensland outback and has a direct impact in providing employment and skill development opportunities for Queensland's technicians and creative talent.
"The producers have built an entire township of Goldstone and tourists and locals alike can be forgiven for thinking that the motels, police stations and old buildings and town icons have been there for years."
Goldstone is the continuation of Ivan Sen's 2013 film Mystery Road.
Image: Cheng Pei-pei on the set of Goldstone by Ivan Sen.