Is­abel’s top brass

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

SUM­MER Bay res­i­dent-turned-Hol­ly­wood star­let Is­abel Lu­cas has al­most achieved the im­pos­si­ble in her lat­est film: made an old per­son’s march­ing brass band look cool.

Lu­cas stars as the nu­bile young love in­ter­est of a re­bel­lious teenage wannabe rocker in her lat­est flick A Heart­beat Away.

Her love in­ter­est in the film ( Se­bas­tian Gre­gory) is forced to take over his fa­ther’s march­ing band leader du­ties when his ba­ton wav­ing arm is bro­ken in a car ac­ci­dent four weeks out from the re­gional fi­nals.

But the clas­si­cally trained young­ster is up against it – Lu­cas’ on-screen fa­ther is the greedy, progress-hun­gry mayor of their lit­tle town and wants the march­ing band to lose the fi­nals so he can knock down their com­mu­nity hall to make way for a high rise de­vel­op­ment.

And he is not happy about his daugh­ter dat­ing his young neme­sis.

Lu­cas’ char­ac­ter – a de­ter­mined dancer who’s be­ing pres­sured into law by her fa­ther – jumps to the de­fence of her new man and even helps him in his en­deav­ours by teach­ing his geri­atric band some moves.

‘‘ I en­joyed shoot­ing those scenes,’’ Lu­cas laughs over the phone from LA.

‘‘ The guys in­volved in shoot­ing the march­ing band se­quences were ac­tu­ally from a march­ing band them­selves, they knew each other very well.

‘‘ And we got to know each other well over the shoot pe­riod – it was re­ally like a lit­tle fam­ily.’’

Far from be­ing a prob­lem on set, the age dif­fer­ence be­tween the ac­tors had the ef­fect of bring­ing them closer to­gether – and Lu­cas hopes it will also trans­late for au­di­ences.

‘‘ It was def­i­nitely a love job for a lot of peo­ple. We’re staying in con­tact hope­fully, so it will be a real cel­e­bra­tion for us to come to­gether and cel­e­brate it,’’ says Lu­cas.

A Heart­beat Away opens in Aus­tralian cin­e­mas on

March 17.

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