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‘Locust’ movie created a buzz

Thursday, 4th April, 2019

“Locust” crew members (from left) Jan Dening, Jess Byrne, Emmy Matten, John McLeod and Jason King are preparing to go to the Gold Coast for the film’s official premiere. PICTURE: Myles Burt “Locust” crew members (from left) Jan Dening, Jess Byrne, Emmy Matten, John McLeod and Jason King are preparing to go to the Gold Coast for the film’s official premiere. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Locals who took part in the film “Locust” will be travelling to the Gold Coast soon to watch its screen debut. 

Its Associate Producer, Jason King, said the film will premiere at the Gold Coast Film Festival on April 11. 

Mr King said around 50 locals worked on the movie but only a few were able to travel the first official screening. 

Locust was shot over the course of six weeks, mostly in Broken Hill and Sydney. The feature film is a first for producer Angus Watts who also wrote the screenplay.

“If it wasn’t for him it would’ve never come to Broken Hill,” Mr King said.

“We’ve got a lot to thank him for, for bringing the production out here and showcasing what we can do out here on the screen.

“This was a self-funded thing and by bringing a crew of 60 to Broken Hill including pre-production really made a positive impact for developing our film industry and giving people that experience.

“But also by bringing the production here is great for the economy in the middle of a drought. Those kind of things all add up in regional areas and he did it all off his own back.”

Locals such as Emmy Matten, Jan Dening and Jess Byrne appear in the film. Emmy played the daughter of a leading character and Ms Dening played the mother of the same character. 

Ms Byrne who had a small part as an ‘Angry Woman’ said it gave her a lot of experience by working alongside professional actors.

“It was first small role in a feature film so it was just exciting to perform at that level,” Ms Byrne said.

“I got to act with the main actors and it was just awesome to have that experience with some of our best Aussie talent. It was really cool.”

Mr King thanked everyone who gave up their time for the film along with City Council which was very supportive behind the scenes, he said.

“Venues opened up their doors as locations and everyone really pulled out the stops to make sure that they had a good experience.”

After its Gold Coast premiere Locust will join the festival circuit. Broken Hill  might not be able to see the film until the second half of the year, as dates for its theatrical release are still being decided.

“However, we’re working with Angus to try and get a special screening for locals as soon as possible,” said Mr King.

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