Actor would dearly love role in film to be shot in Bowen
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.
MOVIE HOPES . . . actor Callan Knight is hoping for a part in Baz Luhrmann’s Australia