British actor John Hurt was in Murwillumbah for the filming of Lou.
British actor John Hurt was in Murwillumbah for the filming of Lou.

That's a wrap

MURWILLUMBAH'S cane fields and Mount Warning will be seen on the big screen as early as next year when the movie Lou premieres.

Filming for the feature-length Australian film, which wrapped up at the end of last month, was done at Tygalgah, outside Murwillumbah, Cabarita Beach and in the Murwillumbah CBD.

And Murwillumbah writer and director Belinda Chayko said they could not have chosen a better location.

“It was such a beautiful place to film,” Ms Chayko said.

“There are a few landmarks in it, including Mount Warning.

“I think it shows the area at its best.”

Ms Chayko said they were also lucky to be able to film a cane burn.

“It's incredible,” she said.

“It's actually quite poetic.”

Lou is a family drama about the relationship between 11-year-old Lou and her Alzheimer-suffering grandfather, played by acclaimed British actor John Hurt.

Film veteran Hurt is best known for his roles in Elephant Man and Nineteen Eighty-Four, and more recently as Mr Ollivander in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

“He (Hurt) was fantastic,” Ms Chayko said.

“It's not often you get to work with someone who is that experi- enced, in acting as well as understanding how films are made.”

Lou also features AFI award winner Emily Barclay and introduces 12-year-old North Coast resident Lily Bell Tindley in the lead role.

“Lily is really, really wonderful,” Ms Chayko said. “I think she's going to be in big demand.”

Murwillumbah teenager Logan Reilly, Ms Chayko said, also stood his own during the filming.

“Logan was fantastic to work with; I didn't have to give him any direction.”

Ms Chayko said she will now spend about four months putting the whole thing together.

“I'm down in Melbourne looking at pictures of Murwillumbah,” she laughed.

“It won't be finished until the end of the year.

“The filming is the shortest part; It's over in a blink.”

Definite dates are still not known for the premiere of Lou.

“It will depend on what our release strategy will be,” Ms Chayko said. “We're trying to get it into some international festivals, but there should be a screening in Murwillumbah early next year.”

Ms Chayko said she was very happy with the results of the six-week shoot.

“We had a lot of local crew, but we also had people from else- where and they commented on how pleasant and friendly it was in the area,” she said.

“I'd like to say a big thank you to all the people we dealt with, and Murwillumbah.

“It was a wonderful and pleas- ant experience to film there.”

But the same thing cannot be said for Murwillumbah's weather.

“We only had two really sunny days during the filming and luckily they were they days we shot at the beach.”



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