THE authentic landscapes and heritage buildings of Ipswich have once again been a major drawcard for film producers with new feature 'We Were Tomorrow' being shot in the region recently.
The city has been abuzz of late with key scenes from the movie, which will be released in 2016, being filmed at landmark sites throughout Ipswich.
Production manager Angel Christo said it had been a pleasure shooting in Ipswich and highlighted the variety of locations that has been utilised.
"We have been filming at Woodlands of Marburg, Rosewood Railway Museum and the Workshops Rail Museum as our backdrop for the 1920s, and the Old Church Marburg and Grandchester sawmill for the (western scenes)," she said.
"Ipswich and Marburg were selected because of the authentic landscapes and heritage buildings, which immensely increased our production value for the 1920's and western era.
"We have given back to the Ipswich and Brisbane community by contributing to boost the local economy through venue hire, purchasing local produce and clothing from the local store owners and businesses to be showcased as props, wardrobe and catering in the film."
Christo said the movie had also taken on board seven Ipswich film students for work experience to engage in 'real world' education and to experience life on set.
Cr David Pahlke has been a major driver in putting Ipswich on the map with the film industry.
He said he was "blown away" by the scope of the film and its production values while spending time on set.
The publicity notes for the film state that We Were Tomorrow, directed by Darwin Brooks, is "a young adult feature film set against a backdrop of three alternative histories - Steampunk Western; Roaring 20s and a Dystopia Future - and follows twin siblings (played by Chris Romruen and Madeleine Kennedy) as they battle through three lifetimes to find their loved ones (Tim Pocock and Alicia Banit) to escape extinction, before time, or an immortal hunter Cain (Gyton Grantley) robs them of it.
The themes of the film ask the next generation "to question themes of justice, environmental change, equality and identity".
The film has been partly shot in Asia with scenes featuring the Great Wall of China and the temples of Ayutthaya in Thailand.
Cast and crew members of We Were Tomorrow enjoyed a rare day off by taking in a private screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, at Birch Carroll and Coyle Ipswich cinemas in the CBD last Sunday.
In between posing with R2-D2 and a storm trooper, they told the QT about their experience filming around Ipswich.
The Star Wars screening was a combination of awe and jealousy for actor Chris Kirby - the last time a new Star
Wars film hit the big screen, he was in it.
This time the American actor was happy just to take in the epic saga.
It's one he says has a lot of comparisons to We Were Tomorrow, right down to the character he plays.
"I play the Alchemist," he said.
"It'd be most like the Obi-Wan character."
Chris auditioned for the film after long-time friend and director Darwin Brooks asked him to send a tape.
Kirby has filmed in south-east Queensland on many occasions, including the short-lived NBC series Camp, and was delighted to be back in the region.
His Camp co-star Nikolai Nikolaeff is sharing the screen with him again on We Were Tomorrow.
The star of shows such as Sea Patrol is infectiously excited about the project and the places it has filmed.
The Workshops Rail Museum was the site of an impromptu photo shoot for Nikolai and his casemates in a break between filming at the former workshops.
The result attracted hundreds of likes on Nikolai's social media pages and admiration from the actor himself.
"I tell you what, isn't it amazing (the workshops)?" he said.
"It's going to be a very good-looking film.
"We're not messing around here."
Nikolai plays Lloyd, an offsider who helps the big bad guy of the film chase four young people across different timelines and different continents.
"I'm Gyton's right-hand man," he said.
Gyton Grantley is known mostly for his role as Melbourne crime leader Carl Williams in the popular Underbelly series.
The former Brisbane boy most recently stared in The Dressmaker alongside Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth.
In We Were Tomorrow, he's the bad guy.
Gyton says his character Cain, an immortal, is seeking a better life and believes the four young people he is chasing are the secret to getting it.
"He's pursuing the main four because they have the key to paradise," Gyton said.
The cast has also filmed in China, Thailand and other spots across south-east Queensland but the majority of their work has been around Ipswich, Rosewood and Grandchester.
"It's just really exciting to see a production in Queensland and specifically in Ipswich," Gyton said.
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