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Rosewood could be a Hollywood star

MOVIE WORTHY: The concept trailer for Thunder Road was filmed in a number of locations in Rosewood.
MOVIE WORTHY: The concept trailer for Thunder Road was filmed in a number of locations in Rosewood. Contributed

ROSEWOOD has the potential to be a hub for movie directors looking for iconic Australian sites for their films.

That is the view of Cr David Pahlke in the wake of the release of the concept trailer for the film Thunder Road.

The Thunder Road trailer was filmed in the Rosewood Hotel, the main street and on roads nearby. Rosewood Hotel has previously featured in a music video by Ben Lee and films The Tree and Mabo.

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Cr Pahlke said "from a movie point of view, there is so much potential for location sites in and around Rosewood".

"They were looking for a typical country pub and main street and the architecture of the buildings in Rosewood lends itself to that," Cr Pahlke said.

"I want to put up a website for movie directors listing places like St Brigids Church, the largest wooden church in the southern hemisphere. We also have the oldest railway station in Queensland at Grandchester.

"That way they can log on and find the sites... whether they are looking for an old pub, a deserted gravel road on a hill or a big dam.

"Rosewood has rural charm and we protect that. It is a township in a bit of time warp. The Rosewood Hotel today is very much architecturally intact to what it was when it was built in 1914.

"This could become a cult film. Thunder Road could be to Australia what Grease is to the world."

Writer and co-director Shaun Croaker also said Rosewood was an ideal location to film.

"It was close to home and convenient for the crew. It worked well," he said.

"It was an appropriate setting and seemed to fit what we were doing to get the concept trailer filmed.

"We will now pitch it to investors to get the budget that we need to complete the feature. We've got a script in order.

"It is a great story and we are hoping to get it picked up sooner rather than later.

"It is set circa 1960, so just on the brink of rock and roll coming through the airwaves.

"There are hotrods and a dusty sort of look...so an Australian period film.

"The main character Jessie plays in a rockabilly band and his brother is a well respected mechanic around town who used to drag race cars in his youth.

"Local thugs gate crash one of his brother's gigs and in front of everyone he makes a deal with one of the local bad boys to race Thunder Road again.

"That is when the movie starts going in to the action and adventure. There is a bit of romance in it as well."


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