Filming of Bullets for the Dead, shot at Rosewood Railway Museum.
Filming of Bullets for the Dead, shot at Rosewood Railway Museum. QCA-Photo

Ipswich a killer location for zombie film

THE producers of a new film blending elements of the Wild West and Zombie horror genres have chosen Ipswich as a backdrop.

Bullets for the Dead has been filming in parts of Esk, Wivenhoe Dam and Rosewood over the past month, with the producers giving The Queensland Times a sneak peak.

The feature film - to be completed on a relatively minuscule $2million budget - is based on a three-minute short from students of the Griffith Film School.

The film school is investing in the film as a collaboration with Visionquest to develop young filmmakers and provide a career pathway for their students.

Producer Cathy Rodda said some seasoned professionals had been brought in to assist with the project.

"The underpinning philosophy of the project is new blood in old hands," she said.

"Of the original four, Josh Birch and Michael Du-Shane are writing and directing, Brian Loewe is director of photography and Kate Carrick is production designer.

"We're surrounding them with seasoned professionals, with a number of student interns taking up support and entry level roles.

"It's been a very long and intense two and a half years. We've been in pre for 18 months, and the film has been planned within an inch of its life, constantly wrangling story execution against budget.

"What we have now is a great, fun script, a truly creative vision and a fantastic team that will see us punch well above the weight of our near $2m budget."

From the Australian producers of Iron Sky and The Time Guardian, the film is about a hardened bounty hunter called James Dalton (Christopher Sommers), a gang of outlaws led by Annie Blake (Vanessa Moltzen), and a preacher (Hugh Parker) - all of whom are forced to work together to battle their way across the American west during a zombie apocalypse.

It blends the guilt and redemption of the traditional western with all you would expect of a rollicking zombie film.

Producers used the historic Rosewood Railway Museum for filming in late November, having already completed some scenes at Wivenhoe Dam and Esk.



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