Hollywood filmmakers brand Hastings Point 'magnificent'
HOLLYWOOD filmmakers have branded the Tweed's Hastings Point as a "magnificent" filming location.
The rocky foreshore of the headland, fringed by pandanus trees, is the resting spot for a giant whale carcass constructed by film crews this week for Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
Cameras will roll at the picturesque location on Monday and Tuesday as crashing waves lap the dead beast.
The headland will be closed by beach and road for filming, with about 100 film crew and equipment trucks in the area.
"It's an absolutely exceptional spot," said the film's publicist.
It's the first time production of the blockbuster $3.7billion franchise has taken place in Australia, and on the Tweed.
Keen-eyed locals first spotted the start of construction of the life-like skeleton on Tuesday.
Among the many spectators was father-of-two Matthew France.
"The kids were excited, trying to work out if it was a whale or dinosaur. It was pretty impressive," he said.
Star of the movie, Johnny Depp, 52, who plays the formidable pirate Jack Sparrow, is expected to be on set next week.
He is tipped to chopper in but the publicist declined to comment for security reasons. Owner of Drift Tackle and Take Away, Susan Ridings, has offered free "everything" to Mr Depp.
"Free hamburgers, what-ever he wants," she said. "I've been a fan of Johnny Depp's since 21 Jump Street. I don't think there's any film of his I didn't like."