Win for Oat­lands as Nightin­gale gets spot at Sun­dance Town’s movie ticket

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - ANNE MATHER

RE­GIONAL Tas­ma­nia is set to take cen­tre stage at one of the world’s most pres­ti­gious film fes­ti­vals.

The Nightin­gale, which was filmed mostly in Tas­ma­nia, has been named as one of six Aus­tralian films to screen at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val in the US in Jan­uary.

To make the fea­ture film, the main street of Oat­lands was trans­formed into a movie set last year, when film­ing of the thriller in­jected $4.5 mil­lion into the lo­cal econ­omy.

Arts Min­is­ter Elise Archer said the in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion of the film con­firmed Tas­ma­nia as a “go-to” desti­na­tion.

“I am de­lighted that The Nightin­gale, which was mainly shot in Tas­ma­nia, has been se­lected for the pres­ti­gious Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val,” she said.

The film had its premiere at the 75th Venice In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val ear­lier this year, where it won a spe­cial Jury Prize – con­sid­ered the fes­ti­val’s sec­ond place award. Writ­ten and di­rected by Jen­nifer Kent, the film is set in 1825 and fol­lows the story of a young fe­male con­vict who wit­nesses a bru­tal act of vi­o­lence against her fam­ily and is bent on re­venge.

She en­lists the help of an Abo­rig­i­nal tracker to chase a Bri­tish of­fi­cer through the Tas­ma­nian wilderness.

Oat­lands was se­lected as a back­drop for the pe­riod film be­cause of its au­then­tic her­itage build­ings.

South­ern Mid­lands Mayor Alex Green said it was great to see the town gain such recog­ni­tion.

“We have done a lot to pre­serve the streetscape and the am­bi­ence of the colo­nial town,” he said.

Ms Archer said the State Gov­ern­ment, which in­vested $250,000 into pro­duc­tion of The Nightin­gale, was a strong sup­porter of Tas­ma­nia’s screen in­dus­try sec­tor.

The pro­duc­tion em­ployed 79 Tas­ma­nian cast and crew, and two mem­bers of Tas­ma­nia’s Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity, Jim Everett and Theresa Sainty, were among those em­ployed. As well as Oat­lands, film­ing was car­ried out in the Cen­tral High­lands and around the lake­side town of Miena and Wad­damana.

One of film’s in­ter­na­tional ac­tors, star of The Hunger Games movies Sam Claflin, posted sev­eral stun­ning Tas­ma­nian scenes on his In­sta­gram ac­count.

ON SET: Film­ing of the pe­riod fea­ture, The Nightin­gale, in the Cen­tral High­lands town of Oat­lands.

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