Hollywood comes to Tweed
THE Tweed is set to be transformed into a post-apocalyptic world for six weeks as Vision Pictures films their latest movie.
Film director Mack Lindon said the production, Dunamis, was a love story set 80 years from now in the year 2078.
"It's a believable progression of where the world is headed,” Mr Lindon said.
The film will be shot on location at Cudgera Creek, Byron Bay and Ipswich in Queensland.
Mr Lindon said the Tweed region was the perfect backdrop with "awesome geography” for the movie's premise.
"It's beautiful and we don't have to travel too far,” he said. "We've got a sugar cane farmer up the road who's given us 300 acres to use in the film. The characters out here have been cut off from the city and there's no power, so they'll use the sugar cane to break it down to ethanol.”
The cast and crew had their first table read of the script on Saturday at the Cudgera Creek property, which lead actor Dan Ewing said was the ideal spot to concentrate on the job.
"The script is so epic, and it's our job as actors to flesh out those human elements, and there's no better place than here where you can't be annoyed by anyone,” the former Home and Away star said.
Talking about the script, Mr Ewing said viewers were going to be able to relate to the film as it touches on some key societal issues.
"I hate giving too much away but there's a lot of layers to it, there's a lot of stuff people can resonate with and it's not too far away 2078,” he said.
"It's going to make a lot of people think, there's a lot of political and religious references which are affecting us today.”
Also starring in the film is renowned mixed martial artist Mark Hunt, who will play the role of one of the bodyguards.
Mr Ewing said having Mr Hunt on set really added to the value of the film.