Hollywood finally leaves Hastings Point
NOW that the fences are gone, the crews have returned home and Aquaman is nowhere to be seen, Hastings Point Headland has finally been reopened to the public after months of filming.
While the $160 million Warner Bros production of Aquaman was the talk of the town for weeks, residents can now walk along the beautiful headland once again after the last of all the infrastructure was removed yesterday.
Location manager Duncan Jones said the entire film and production team were very thankful for the support of the community.
“We’ve had a great time and we’ve been very happy with the outcome,” he said.
“We’ve been dealing with the council conditions that they’ve laid out and what needs to be done.
“We were really trying ... to get it back to a high standard before it goes back to the community.”
Mr Duncan said crews would continue to restore the grass areas at the headland and will be monitoring the area until mid-october.
While there had been some discussion on social media about whether more filming would continue in the area, the film crew has confirmed it is not aware of any filming planned for Hastings Point in the future.
The film is due for release in December 2018.
AN OPEN letter to the Tweed Councillors,
We citizens of Hastings Point have just had the pleasure of a film company choosing our beautiful headland and beach to film Aquaman.
Apart from the fact the entire team from Warner execs right through to the equipment gophers, team/cast drivers and a very accommodating security crew spent up big in Cabarita, Hastings Point and Pottsville, they also really looked after us locals, facilitated our visits to the headland, looked after our every whim and made life interesting. They were a terrific bunch of people.
Not only that, they spent their money on your beach access roads and our headland improving the amenities for all to enjoy. A real win-win for us all now and into the future.
But we learnedthat council have refused another film company permission to use Hastings Point to shoot their heroes arriving in Australia and driving along our magnificent beachfront drive ... supposedly because Aquaman did damage?
What damage? All they did was improve our patch. I am devastated. That could not be further from the truth!
How dare you prevent us for showcasing our piece of paradise to the world! And at the same time, enjoying the many benefits that come
from such activities.
I am told that the company involved this morning decided to do the shoot at Lennox Head because they were welcomed. Lennox Heads’ gain... Hastings Point’s loss. As a former NSW Coastal Shire President I am
well aware of both the challenges and potential benefits of such an exercise and sickened that our council has taken this course.
I am also delighted to hear of so many letters of thanks and gratitude sent by many other local residents to Warner Bros for their kindness support and consideration during the Aquaman filming.
I cannot wait to show my dissatisfaction at the ballot box.
RETURN TO NORMAL: The Aquaman set at Hastings Point.
PERFECT: Aquaman set at Hastings Point.