Screening the tweed

THE man who helped launch Aussie actress Cate Blanchett into stardom staked out the Tweed this week for future film locations.

David Giles, who co-wrote the 1997 film Paradise Road, which starred Blanchett, visited the Tweed with other directors, producers, writers and location managers this week.

Tweed Tourism general manager Phil Villiers said it could open up the region to be the backdrop for anything from TV commercials to feature films.

“As we have seen from Lou and I'm a Celebrity... get me out of here, film and television productions represent a substantial boost to the local economy,” Mr Villiers said.

“During filming, crews require accommodation, food, transport, equipment and support from various local businesses, as well as employing local people.

“Looking longer-term, there is also the potential for the resultant film or program to generate more awareness of what the region has to offer and encourage tourism visitation, as Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings series did for New Zealand.”

The group of 13 visited Stotts Island, Tumbulgum and went through the canefields to a private property at Upper Crystal Creek bordering the I'm a Celebrity... set.

They travelled to Chillingham, stopped at Tyalgum and drove to Clarrie Hall Dam and back to Mount Warning National Park.

Lunch was held at Mavis' Kitchen followed by a cruise along the Tweed River, a drive through the main streets and a visit to historic Lisnagar House.

The group then continued on the Tweed Valley Way via Burringbar, Crabbes Creek, Mooball and Billinudgel to Byron Bay where they met with Tweed Shire Council representatives and members of the local film community at an evening cocktail party.

“They were particularly impressed by the rainforest settings, Clarrie Hall Dam, the caldera rim views at Limpinwood and, of course, Mt Warning.”

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