IN-HOUSE MOVIE: Producer Tim Ward with actor Ingrid Meharg on location at the Johnsons’ Regency Downs house for the shooting of ‘Where Do Lilacs Come From?’
IN-HOUSE MOVIE: Producer Tim Ward with actor Ingrid Meharg on location at the Johnsons’ Regency Downs house for the shooting of ‘Where Do Lilacs Come From?’ Contributed

Classic house star of film

A MAGNIFICENT Queenslander home at Regency Downs has been doubling as a movie set.

The house, owned by Colin and Jan Johnson, has been the setting for a film being produced by Bond University students as part of their Bachelor of Film and TV Studies.

Mr Johnson said the house, which was currently advertised for sale, was noticed by the film's producer Tim Ward who, coincidentally, used to live in it as a youngster.

"Tim came back to look at the house and realised it was exactly what he was seeking as the setting for his movie," Mr Johnson said.

"Producer, director, camera crew, actors and everyone else involved in putting a movie together moved in and were with us until Sunday September 15."

Director Matt Thorne said their film was a graduation project for him and his fellow students, now in their final year of studies.

"Entitled 'Where Do Lilacs Come From?' it is a drama about Alzheimer's disease as seen from the perspective of the sufferer," Mr Thorne said.

He said the entire crew had been fantastic and everyone involved had gone above and beyond the usual call of duty.

"Of course, we must thank Colin and Jan who have been most gracious and readily welcomed us all, 10 crew and 11 actors, allowing us to virtually take over their house," he said.

When ready for release in about four months, the film will be screened at a number of festivals before being made available to the public.



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