MADE IN IPSWICH: The film Rise is currently being filmed in Ipswich. (From left) actors Andy Sparnon (playing Benji), Jackson O’Sullivan (playing Sam), Martin Sacks (playing Jimmy Cove) and the film’s lead Nathan Wilson (playing William McIntyre).
MADE IN IPSWICH: The film Rise is currently being filmed in Ipswich. (From left) actors Andy Sparnon (playing Benji), Jackson O’Sullivan (playing Sam), Martin Sacks (playing Jimmy Cove) and the film’s lead Nathan Wilson (playing William McIntyre). Contributed

Aussie stars in town for more movies in Ipswich

IPSWICH'S reputation as a blockbuster backdrop for film productions just keeps growing.

Movie-goers will be able to get a glimpse of more scenes from Ipswich next year with a number of productions currently being shot in the region.

With the critically-acclaimed The Railwayman - featuring scenes filmed in Ipswich - hitting the cinemas, two more productions are in the process of being shot in the area.

Australian feature film Rise is being shot around Ipswich while Charlie is being filmed at Tallegalla, including the Tallegalla Cemetery, Ipswich City Council Tourism and Libraries Committee chairman Cr David Pahlke said.

He said Rise, originally known as Rise of the Underdog, was based on the true story of a young man's imprisonment after a false allegation and his fight to prove his innocence.

A wayward night leads to young nurse Will falsely accused of drink-spiking and rape.

He is stripped of his career and his freedom and locked up in a maximum security jail after being found guilty at trial and sentenced to six years imprisonment.

He is left without friends, family and career.

Rise centres on the unlikely friendship Will forms with Jimmy, a hardened armed robber, and the legal battle by a prominent lawyer Julie, who must compromise her status and income to prove his innocence.

Directed and written by Mack Lindon, Rise's cast is led by award-winning Australian actor Martin Sacks and also features Nathan Wilson, Rosie Keogh, Marty Rhone, David Cuthbertson, Erin Conner, Jamie Joseph and Vincent Gorce.

Sacks is best-known for his long-running TV role on Blue Heelers while Rhone first made his name as a heart-throb singer in the 70s. Cr Pahlke said the movie Charlie revolved around the story of a young girl in a rural area being raised by an elderly man.

The production company behind the movie, Spill Films, has just finished shooting the film's trailer.

Cr Pahlke said Ipswich was becoming a mecca for filming all types of films and advertisements.

Ipswich in the movies

  • Movie Inspector Gadget 2.
  • Series Through My Eyes: The Lindy Chamberlain Story.
  • Concept trailer for movie Thunder Road.
  • Feature film Savages Crossing.
  • The Fat Cow Motel series.
  • Video clip for musician Ben Lee's song I Love Pop Music.
  • Movie 500 Miles.
  • Movie The Railway Man.
  • Movie Mystery Road.
  • Commercials including Fourex, Breaker milk, Road Safety and Golden Casket.


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