Shot at stardom
Bullock driver’s team reprise role in next Pirates of the Caribbean
THERE could be some questions raised about what a bullock driver in Binjour would have to do with the Pirates of the Caribbean, but bullocky Philip Thomson has the answers.
Coming from a hamlet called Natural Bridge on the NSW, Queensland border, Mr Thomson said the movie making business wasn’t a new thing for him and his team.
“I have been taking horses and cattle up to the Gold Coast movie sets for years,” Mr Thomson said.
“It is certainly a great way to supplement my income and I get to meet the stars on the set.”
Mr Thomson owns a livestock transport business and is a major player in the industry around the border area.
“I had a bullock team in the last production of Pirates of the Caribbean and I was thrilled to be asked to bring them back,” he said.
“This one will be the biggest budget movie ever made in Australia and it is a
HOLLYWOOD BOUND: Captains Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Barbarossa (Geoffrey Rush) looking for the bullocky team coming over the ridge. thrill to be involved.”
Mr Thomson spent the week in Binjour with Rohan Morris watching and helping out, showing all the bullockies how he handled his animals.
The Pirates of the Caribbean is a successful series of fantasy swashbuckler movies produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and based on Walt Disney’s theme park ride of the same name.