GRAN­ITE BELT TO HOL­LY­WOOD

Hor­ror film shot lo­cally pre­mieres

Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE - Liana Walker Liana.Walker@bor­der­post.com.au

WHEN most peo­ple think of the Gran­ite Belt they would not ex­pect a chill to run down their spine un­less that per­son had seen the short hor­ror film Slaugh­ter at

Lone­some Rock, shot through­out the re­gion in July last year.

The film pre­miered at hor­ror film festival Scream­fest in Hol­ly­wood in Oc­to­ber last year and had a pri­vate cast and crew screen­ing last Sun­day.

The film fol­lows the story of a coun­try po­lice­woman who in­ves­ti­gates two aban­doned cars in the dead of night and is drawn into wilder­ness to dis­cover the missing oc­cu­pants in hor­ri­bly mu­ti­lated states.

Film co-pro­ducer Caitlin John­ston said hav­ing a lo­ca­tion which felt iso­lated was im­por­tant to the film.

“That was def­i­nitely part of the feel and also plot de­vice,” Ms John­ston said. “There wasn’t a lot of peo­ple around so she couldn’t ra­dio for help, there wasn’t peo­ple driv­ing past be­cause it’s iso­lated.

“It has that feel to it, that the land­scape is al­most a char­ac­ter and it’s al­most a bit alien­at­ing.”

Ms John­ston said the Gran­ite Belt com­mu­nity was great to work with.

“The com­mu­nity were re­ally sup­port­ive, we’d def­i­nitely go back,” she said.

“The coun­cil was re­ally sup­port­ive as well, help­ing us find lo­ca­tions and get­ting us in con­tact with the right peo­ple.

“It re­ally un­der­scores how much the com­mu­nity got be­hind it, it was re­ally fan­tas­tic.”

The film will screen as a part of the Gold Coast Film Festival to­mor­row, how­ever Ms John­ston hopes to bring the film some­where closer to Stan­thorpe.

“We’d love to po­ten­tially look at screen­ing some­where like a re­gional festival,” she said.

“We’re mak­ing in­quiries but we’d love to have some­thing a bit more lo­cal to show every­one down there.

“But it’s a bit of a work in progress at this point in time.”

Ms John­ston is work­ing on a num­ber of other pro­jects, but in­creas­ing the length of

was on the cards.

“There’s def­i­nitely been talk about see­ing if we want to ex­pand the con­cept of the short film into some­thing that’s a bit longer,” she said.

“It’s purely con­ver­sa­tion at this point in time.

“(Re­turn­ing to Stan­thorpe) is def­i­nitely some­thing we’d con­sider be­cause the com­mu­nity got be­hind us and be­cause of that un­usual look­ing land­scape.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BE­HIND THE SCENES: Slaugh­ter At Lone­some Rock crew mem­bers Si­mon Jef­fares, Caitlin John­ston, Jeff W. Tseng and Lu­cas Tyler at the Hol­ly­wood Premiere of their film.

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