Feature film ‘We Were Tomorrow’ scenes shot in Ipswich

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.

The 1920s feel of the film is captured in this clip at Woodlands of Marburg.
The 1920s feel of the film is captured in this clip at Woodlands of Marburg.

"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.

A serene Woodlands of Marburg was the ideal set for ‘We Were Tomorrow’.
A serene Woodlands of Marburg was the ideal set for ‘We Were Tomorrow’.

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."

The cast and crew from ‘We Were Tomorrow’ attended a special screening of the new Star Wars film in Ipswich.
The cast and crew from ‘We Were Tomorrow’ attended a special screening of the new Star Wars film in Ipswich.

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.

We Were Tomorrow associate producer Giuseppe Cassin, producer Madeleine Kennedy, associate producer Angelique Angel Christo and executive producer Amie Casey.
We Were Tomorrow associate producer Giuseppe Cassin, producer Madeleine Kennedy, associate producer Angelique Angel Christo and executive producer Amie Casey.

"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.

Topics:  feature film, filming, hollywood, ipswich, scene, shot

Backpacker tax scrapped as changes bite on farmers

Rob Bauer of Bauer's Organic Farm. The farm has launched a paddock-to-plate online shop. Photo: LucyRC Photography

Region's farmers still unhappy with decision

Fernvale man wins $50,000 on a $4 scratchie

BIG WIN: A Fernvale man is living the dream after his scratch-it purchase paid off.

Winner in his 20s says he'll "spoil his daughter"

Get your special sports liftout in tomorrow's QT

It's a terrific record of achievement from so many dedicated players, teams and officials around Ipswich.

Grab your 16-page winners guide to Ipswich sport

Local Partners

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.