PIRATES SET THE SCENE

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IT’S been two years since Hol­ly­wood heart­throb Johnny Depp and a film crew stepped foot in the Whit­sun­days to shoot the fifth in­stal­ment of Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales.

And today, the hotly an­tic­i­pated film hits the big screen.

Whit­sun­day view­ers and even those who’ve vis­ited once or twice may just recog­nise the lo­ca­tion of some of the scenes fea­tured.

Tourism Whit­sun­days chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig Turner said to have such a ma­jor fran­chise filmed in the re­gion was “ex­cel­lent”.

“Any pro­mo­tion we can get through a third party en­dorse­ment… like a movie is won­der­ful for the des­ti­na­tion,” he said.

“We should be able to recog­nise the iconic lo­ca­tions where they filmed the movie and if we can achieve that, there might be some eq­uity that we can draw.

“Per­son­ally, I’m a fan of the fran­chise so I’d love to see it.”

Mr Turner said when a scene fea­tur­ing White­haven Beach hit the screen it’d be hard to miss.

He said with blue wa­ter, white sand, green back­drops and palm trees, the Whit­sun­days ticked all the boxes.

“Given its (Pirates of ) the Caribbean, it’s the trop­i­cal des­ti­na­tion they were seek­ing which the Whit­sun­days falls un­der,” he said.

“One of the ben­e­fits of shoot­ing in just one lo­ca­tion is you get the eco­nomic ben­e­fit of less costs.

“When peo­ple are look­ing for those things, they can get them here in the Whit­sun­days.”

The film fol­lows the love­able Cap­tain Jack Spar­row as he once again finds the winds of ill-for­tune blow­ing strongly in his di­rec­tion, when deadly ghost pirates led by his old ne­mises Cap­tain Salazar, es­cape from the Devil’s Tri­an­gle.

The crew is de­ter­mined to kill every pi­rate at sea. In par­tic­u­lar, Spar­row.

View­ers will be in­ter­ested to see what Cap­tain Jack has to do to get him­self out of yet an­other sticky sit­u­a­tion.

Along­side Depp, other stars in the film in­clude Or­lando Bloom, Bri­tish ac­tress Kaya Scode­lario, Ge­of­frey Rush and Spanish Academy Award win­ner Javier Bar­dem as evil Cap­tain Salazar.

Mr Turner said it was a priv­i­lege to have the film crew on deck.

“(The Whit­sun­days) of­fers so much vis­ually and as a des­ti­na­tion,” he said. Check out our Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales movie re­view

CAP­TAIN Jack Spar­row is back again, mak­ing his way across the seas and into new ad­ven­tures in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Hit­ting the Bowen Sum­mer­gar­den Cinema today, au­di­ences will see the se­ries hasn’t lost its en­ter­tain­ing and unique touch.

Cap­tain Jack Spar­row finds the winds of ill-for­tune blow­ing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the ter­ri­fy­ing Cap­tain Salazar, es­cape from the

Devil’s Tri­an­gle bent on killing every pi­rate at sea – no­tably Jack.

The story is easy to fol­low, the ac­tion isn’t con­fus­ing, and the sit­u­a­tions are of­ten fun and funny.

PHOTO: PETER MOUN­TAIN

ARRGH: Ge­of­frey Rush and Johnny Depp in a scene from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Sup­plied by Dis­ney.

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