Stars arrive for film shoot

ACTORS Craig McLachlan, John Jarratt and Chris Haywood arrived at a Fernvale location yesterday to prepare for the filming of Savages Crossing.

The trio chatted with crew, watching as earthmoving equipment prepared the set.

Jarratt said the movie had previously been called Flood, but he decided to change the name to Savages Crossing about two weeks ago.

"We had been tossing it around and we decided (Savages Crossing) was a very strong name, better than Flood," Jarratt said.

Jarratt wrote and produced Savages Crossing, a fast-paced thriller set in the Australian outback.

He also stars in the film, which focuses on a group of people who become stranded in a road house.

Other actors include Charlie Jarratt, Rebecca Smart, Sacha Horler and Jessica Napier.

Former Neighbours star Craig McLachlan said: "I don't want to give too much away but I can tell you essentially I am a good guy; a good, honest, hard-working rural Queenslander who finds himself on a dodgy site with Jarratt.

"There are more twists and turns than the big dipper at Luna Park," McLachlan said.

Mr McLachlan said he acted in the series Through My Eyes: The Lindy Chamberlain Story, which was also filmed in Ipswich.

Filming for Savages Crossing will begin on Monday at the Fernvale location and Zanow's Farm at North Booval.

The farm owners son, Darren Zanow, said the family had leased their two farms to the movie company, Winnah Films.

Jarratt said filming should be finished by Easter.

He congratulated the Ipswich community for their support.

"The Ipswich community has been fantastic and council has helped us find locations," Jarratt said.

"We will have the film done probably about July and then we'll take it to festivals and sell it to a distributor.

"They'll release it in their own time which could be anytime from late this year to early next year."



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