The Courier-Mail

I’M GATTON OUTTA HERE

DON’T KNOW WHOSE FAULT THIS IS, BUT…

- RIKKI-LEE ARNOLD

IT IS Gatton’s big break.

A massive chasm running for kilometres where the pristine pastures – and an unfortunat­e truck stop – have been torn in two as the Earth’s crust fractures.

It all looks incredibly real ... to a fault. But it is in fact a scene from the, literally, blockbuste­r

San Andreas currently showing in cinemas.

In the film, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the Lockyer Valley – 90km west of Brisbane – is passed off as rural California which has suffered a devastatin­g earthquake.

Johnson and co-star Carla Gugino filmed the scene last year in Tenthill Creek Rd at Gatton, with breathtaki­ng special effects added later to show the split earth.

Much of the movie’s magic was created at a variety of southeast Queensland locations seemingly transforme­d into American landscapes.

Parts of Brisbane City, the Gold Coast and the Lockyer Valley were turned into disaster zones, American tourist spots and helicopter crash sites over the two months that cast and crew worked in Queensland.

As well as generating more than $36 million in Queensland production expenditur­e – and providing more than 1800 jobs for local cast, crew and extras – the Brad Peyton-directed film inadverten­tly shows of some of our most recognisab­le landmarks and locations.

The movie’s opening scenes involving a mountainsi­de car crash was filmed on Quarry Rd in the Gold Coast suburb of Stapylton.

The carpark of Coomera at- traction Outback Spectacula­r was made over for filming a scene based at Hoover Dam, while Bond University was disguised as Caltech University and used as the base for many of actor Paul Giamatti’s scenes.

The Pines Shopping Centre at Elanora can be spotted when a helicopter crash lands, while stars Alexandra Daddario and Ioan Gruffudd filmed scenes in the basement carpark of Capri on Via Roma on the Isle of Capri.

Some scenes portraying the streets of San Francisco were filmed in Brisbane’s CBD, outside the GPO Laneway on Elizabeth St, plus sections of Edward, Creek, Charlotte and George streets.

The foyer of One One One Eagle Street, the tallest office building in Brisbane, was also used for a crucial scene involving Gruffudd in the film.

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 ??  ?? BUSTING THE BLOCK: (clockwise from main) Gatton cracks up; Brisbane City’s Elizabeth St in the film, and as it was yesterday; filming in Brisbane; and Andreas star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
BUSTING THE BLOCK: (clockwise from main) Gatton cracks up; Brisbane City’s Elizabeth St in the film, and as it was yesterday; filming in Brisbane; and Andreas star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

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