Movie crew get time out for rain

By PETER CATON

AN American movie crew has been given extra time to finish filming scenes above Norries Headland on the Tweed Coast.

Tweed Shire Council's administrators on Tuesday agreed to grant at least another week because wet weather has delaying filming this week of the action movie The Condemned.

Condemned Productions had previously been given from Monday until tomorrow to shoot a scene involving a helicopter and live gunfire.

The movie, which stars former wrestling champ Steve Austin, has been widely reported to have a $27 million budget.

The movie tells the story of Jack Conrad (Steve Austin), who is awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American prison.

He is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer and taken to a desolate island where he must fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world, with freedom going to the sole survivor.

The producer films the illegal event, airing the killings live and uncensored on the internet.

Council staff said the company had "realised the need for greater flexibility ... to ensure that alternative dates can be used to account for any days lost due to bad weather or other unforeseen events".

The administrators agreed to allow further filming on the headland site, which is a coastal reserve, from next Monday until August 4 or "any other dates as may be approved by the general manager".

The new dates still exclude "the busy weekend period".

General Manager Mike Rayner was given authority to approve any further extensions so they could be dealt with swiftly.



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