Ac­tor would dearly love role in film to be shot in Bowen

Townsville Bulletin - - Talk Of North -

TOWNSVILLE ac­tor Cal­lan Knight is will­ing to put his life on hold for Baz Luhrmann.

The 22-year-old is one of many thes­pi­ans dy­ing for a role in Baz’s Bowen-filmed pro­duc­tion, the mod­estly named epic dra­maAus­tralia.

Pro­duc­tion for the film is ex­pected to be­gin in April, with shoot­ing start­ing in Bowen in May.

The movie is es­ti­mated to gen­er­ate about $7 mil­lion for Queens­land while it is be­ing filmed in Bowen.

Mr Knight, a grad­u­ate of James Cook Univer­sity’s school of theatre, is bound for the stage life in Syd­ney at the end of March.

But he said he would aban­don all that, for a phone call from the fa­mous Aussie di­rec­tor.

‘‘If there are any mi­nor char­ac­ters go­ing, even a cou­ple of lines, I will put my Syd­ney plans on hold to do that,’’ Mr Knight said. ‘‘Be­cause this may lead to some­thing. ‘‘It is ob­vi­ously good to work with big-time pro­fes­sion­als.’’

He said he was a fan of Luhrmann’s work, such asMoulin Rouge, and Strictly Ball­room.

‘‘He is re­ally good, es­pe­cially with Aus­tralian work. I like his style of movies.’’

Bowen Mayor Mike Brunker, on the other hand, said he would stay well be­hind-the-scenes.

‘‘Ap­par­ently the at­tor­ney-gen­eral , at the open­ing of the court­house in Bowen, men­tioned that if the mayor wants a part in the movie he should be aware that old Rex Pil­beam from Rockie starred in a movie in Rock­hamp­ton as the mayor and af­ter that he was voted out,’’ Cr Brunker said. ‘‘It could be a curse go­ing into movies. ‘‘I’ve got a great face for ra­dio, so I’ll leave it to the beau­ti­ful peo­ple.’’

Cr Brunker said there would be a call for ex­tras to star in the pro­duc­tion, hint­ing it would be one of the big­gest Aus­tralian movies ever made.

‘‘Bear in mind it’s go­ing to be the big­gest as­sem­bly of Aus­tralian ac­tors in Aus­tralia’s movie his­tory,’’ Cr Brunker said.

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MOVIE HOPES . . . ac­tor Cal­lan Knight is hop­ing for a part in Baz Luhrmann’s Aus­tralia

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