News

500 Miles screening to benefit Young Life

COOL MOVIE: The film 500 Miles will screen in Ipswich at a charity day in September.
COOL MOVIE: The film 500 Miles will screen in Ipswich at a charity day in September. Contributed

THE Rosewood-shot film 500 Miles goes from strength to strength around the world and now a special charity screening is coming to Ipswich.

The film, shot in the Rosewood Hotel and other locations in the Ipswich region, will be shown at 4pm on Sunday, September 21, at Limelight Cinemas with proceeds going to the charity Young Life, which helps youths reach their potential in life.

The drama, described by producer Matt Young as "a gritty and real love story", screened at the Palm Beach International Film Festival earlier in the year and has been a huge success for a low-budget independent film.

It will be released on DVD and iTunes in the US and will be in stores in Australia by November.

"We had a premiere in January and then we took it to the US to the Palm Beach International Festival," Young said.

"We met a sales agent there and he hooked us up with a US distributor and we have done a deal with them to release it all on video on demand - so Google Play, iTunes and Amazon.

"I then got a distributor in Australia, one of the bigger ones called Eagle Entertainment, and they will release it on DVD and video on demand. It will be in stores by the end of November."

CLASSY ACTING: Lead actress Ebony Nave has wowed filmgoers with her strong performance in 500 Miles.
CLASSY ACTING: Lead actress Ebony Nave has wowed filmgoers with her strong performance in 500 Miles.

Strong acting performances by leads Ebony Nave and Pete Valley and outstanding production values have seen the film impress many in the industry.

"We really worked hard but, being an independent film, you think there are so many out there it is going to be hard to be a success ... especially being a drama without known actors," Young said.

"The feedback we have received is that the acting and performing in the film is so solid, and the editing and production values are of a high quality.

"Some people have said it is the best indie film they have seen. That is quite a compliment."

The charity screening in Ipswich is one of several across the nation.

"The proceeds from the film will go to Young Life and we will have people from the charity at the film to explain what they are all about," Young said.

Cr David Pahlke has been a big supporter of the Ashley Jensen-directed film and urged Ipswich residents to see it.

"I want everyone to go on and watch it on the big screen," he said.

Advance bookings are being taken now.

RURAL IPSWICH: A scene from 500 Miles shot just outside of Rosewood.
RURAL IPSWICH: A scene from 500 Miles shot just outside of Rosewood.

Topics:  500 miles, rosewood, rosewood hotel




Bomb squad now in possession of suspicious device

Fragments of a suspicious device that were found underneath a park bench in an Ipswich park this morning.

Device is a "magnet attached to...small, cylindrical metal object"

PHOTOS: 'Free dress day' comes with long set of rules

West Moreton Anglican College (WestMAC) dress up for charity day. Year 11 student Georgia Ross dancing with her friends.

No makeup, no masks, no roller type shoes.

Teacher retires after 37 years at Ipswich Central

Gerard Wilkins outside the building that now bears his name at Ipswich Central State School.

Gerard Wilkins reflects on his teaching career

Latest deals and offers

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Police foiled terrifying 1m plot to kidnap Katie Price

Police foiled a £1 million plot to kidnap Katie Price and her family

Kristen Bell's baby confession

Kristen Bell once pretended to be asleep when her baby woke up early

Babylon 5's Jerry Doyle has died

Jerry Doyle has died from unknown causes at the age of 60

Australia Post to open at Orion

Australia Post.

Service to open to customers in late August

Town with 'unique country flair' will be ruined: resident

Jonathan Emms of Rosewood is concerned about a proposed townhouse development for this John Street block of land.

Residents concerned by high density development proposal

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb