Cockburn Gazette - - WHAT’S ON - Ju­lian Wright

AUS­TRALIAN di­rec­tor Greg McLean is ready for a well-earned break and some down time.

The guy who ter­rorised us with Wolf Creek in 2005 has had three ad­di­tional fea­ture films re­leased in two years while jug­gling the Wolf Creek se­ries, with sea­son 2 about to hit on­line stream­ing in De­cem­ber.

Two of his lat­est films The Dark­ness and The Belko Ex­per­i­ment did not stray too far from the hor­ror style he es­tab­lished with the pop­u­lar outback slasher and its 2013 se­quel, but Jun­gle, in cin­e­mas now, shows a new side to him.

Based on Yossi Ghins­berg’s mem­oir of the same name, Jun­gle is an ac­count of four mates get­ting lost in the Bo­li­vian jun­gle while search­ing for a re­mote vil­lage and their fight for sur­vival, not just against the harsh el­e­ments of the lo­ca­tion, but each other.

McLean spoke to Com­mu­nity News from LA.

“I knew the story of Jun­gle and that dif­fer­ent peo­ple had been try­ing to make the film for many years,” he said.

“I was sent the script and thought it was amaz­ing; it is only the sec­ond film I have made in which I had no part in writ­ing the script.

“It was good to do pure drama; it was an in­spi­ra­tional story about friends.”

McLean said Jun­gle was one of his tough­est shoots so far.

“Jun­gle was tougher than Wolf Creek; we had the wa­ter el­e­ments with the raft­ing scenes, which was dan­ger­ous,” he said.

“We were in Columbia, South Amer­ica, and a lot of the crew were Aussies but some were es­sen­tially only Span­ish speak­ing.

“The lo­ca­tion was in the mid­dle of nowhere and the chal­lenge was to dodge the weather.”

McLean said he was ready for some re­lax­ation with fam­ily in WA.

“I’ve been work­ing steadily the last few years and it has all come to­gether in the last two years with these re­leases.

“I will get a break when I am fin­ished on the last episodes of the Woolf Creek se­ries; I don’t have any real plans, just to visit fam­ily in Ger­ald­ton.”

Jun­gle is in cin­e­mas now.

Greg McLean

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