Ballina rolls out red carpet for premiere of thriller movie
A FULL-LENGTH movie shot on the Northern Rivers will have its first public showing later this month.
Burns Point has been selected to play at a prestigious Australian film festival, the CinefestOz festival, in Western Australia.
The 95-minute drama/thriller was filmed in and around Ballina, and is named after Burns Point ferry, which crosses the Richmond River and features in several scenes.
Writer and producer Chris Blackburn said it was a "big deal" to be selected for the festival, which has a prize of $100,000.
But he promised locals that the world theatrical premier of Burns Point would be held right here at the Ballina Fair cinemas.
"After our red carpet premiere, which is set down for Ballina in late October or early November, we hope to screen in North Coast cinemas from Taree to Tweed Heads," he said.
The plot follows the fight for justice of a young man whose sister is murdered by her boyfriend in a jealous rage.
"It looks like an open and shut case until the boy's father, a corrupt detective, gets involved and gets his son off the charge," Mr Blackburn said.
"Then all hell breaks loose."
Burns Point had a cast and crew of 40 and filmed mainly in South Ballina for three weeks.
The main set was a cluster of empty wooden houses in Empire Vale surrounded by cane fields, and filming was also done in the Ballina CBD, on South Wall and at local beaches.
Empire Vale's tiny post office - one of the country's smallest post offices - makes a guest appearance.
"Ballina turned out to be a brilliant place to film," Mr Blackburn said.
"The locals and local authorities went out of their way to help which isn't always the case when film crews invade a place.
"We are very excited about our launch later in the year. I think people will not only enjoy the story but also enjoy spotting the various local landmarks."