City is in the spotlight as filmakers return to Rosewood
ROSEWOOD is back in the film spotlight and if its flamboyant councillor has his way, Ipswich will star in many more productions.
Cr David Pahlke wants to smooth the path for filmmakers to Ipswich by launching a special website.
Filming for the Australian movie, 500 Miles, resumed in Rosewood over the weekend, including a key scene in Cr Pahlke's Rosewood Hotel.
In the scene, the male lead played by Pete Valley breaks into song in the bar for his love interest, played by Ebony Nave.
The scene called for 50 extras from Rosewood to join in singing the film's title song, made famous by Scottish duo The Proclaimers.
Remarkably, David Pahlke wasn't one of them. A dose of the flu meant he had to miss out on a spot in the film.
"I was going to be an extra but I was crook," he said.
"Along with the other extras I was going to sing 500 Miles."
Nevertheless, he remained bullish about the potential of Rosewood, in particular, and Ipswich, in general, as film backdrops.
"The hotel's been a bit of a magnet for people looking for a movie site," Cr Pahlke said.
"More importantly, Ipswich has a lot of locations people making movies want.
"I want to create a website where people can get on and look for film sites.
"If they want an old wooden church we can say Ipswich has them, or an old baker's store or a dam or whatever."
He said producer Matt Young was attracted to Rosewood after seeing the trailer for Thunder Road that was shot there.
"They said how friendly everyone in the town has been," he said.
"They are an inconvenience to your business but you've got to throw your arms around them because they are so good for the town."
The film is being produced in Brisbane, with much of the filming done at Rosewood.
Other scenes in the film were shot in the main street of Rosewood and in the nearby Tallegalla Cemetery.
Mr Young has described the Ashlee Jensen-directed 500 Miles as "a gritty and real love story".