Fraser Coast Films To Create Movie Mecca

Lights, Camera, Action! Fraser Coast Films All Set

Thirteen summers from now, how will people remember the Fraser Coast?

That’s a question Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour pondered as Australia’s new film company – Fraser Coast Films – was launched at the Hervey Bay Boat Club yesterday, 1 June 2023.

“Just as if you want to understand human emotion and psychology, you go to literature rather than psychological textbooks.

“In the same way, if you want to understand a place, it’s much better to see it in cinematography rather than in a documentary.

“If I want to think about Mount Rushmore in the 1950s, I think about Cary Grant in North by Northwest.

“If I want to think about New York City 30 years ago, it’s Home Alone 2 with Donald Trump and Macaulay Culkin.

“I hope in 30 years’ time when people want to think about the Fraser Coast, they’ll think about 13 Summers with Georgie Parker… and George Seymour!”

His quip refers to his guest appearance in 13 Summers, which was filmed on the Fraser Coast last year.

13 Summers, a suspense thriller, is in postproduction and due for release later this year. The filming of 13 Summers on the Fraser Coast inspired the formation of Fraser Coast Films, a new movie-making company that plans to start shooting a romantic comedy on K’gari (Fraser Island) soon.

Mayor Seymour said the Fraser Coast was more than ready to launch into the world of filmmaking.

“We have an array of possible scenery, whether it’s historic Maryborough, the natural beauty of K’gari (Fraser Island) and the Great Sandy Straits, or Hervey Bay.

“It’s really, really exciting to see this happening. I thank everyone involved for the enthusiasm they’re putting into this.”

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Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari (left), Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour, director Tam Sainsbury, Fraser Coast Films executive producer Glen Winney, and writer Jeremy Stanford watch the first preview of 13 Summers at the Hervey Bay Boat Club cinema during the Fraser Coast Films launch.

Movie-making team morphs into Fraser Coast Films

Executive producer Glen Winney, from the Fraser Coast’s Win Projects, has joined director Tam Sainsbury, writer Jeremy Stanford, and editor William Misset to form the new movie-making company.

Mr Winney said that when Ms Sainsbury and Mr Stanford came to the Fraser Coast to film 13 Summers, they approached him to be a sponsor.

“That turned into becoming a shareholder, and that turned into becoming Fraser Coast Films.

“So, it went from just helping with one film to morphing into Fraser Coast Films.

“We’re hoping to do many more films here on the Fraser Coast.”

Fraser Coast Films offers an amazing opportunity

State Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari said Fraser Coast Films offered an amazing opportunity to showcase our region to the world.

“We all know we live in one of the best regions in Queensland and Australia. We have much to share and celebrate about our region – its cultural history and natural beauty. I congratulate all that are involved.”

Tam Sainsbury, Jeremy Stanford, Fraser Coast Council CEO Ken Diehm, and councillors Lewis, Lee, Everard, and Wellings also attended the launch.

For details on how Fraser Coast locals could also be a film extra, or offer in-kind or sponsorship support to the fledgling company, visit https://frasercoastfilms.com.au/

Want to know more about 13 Summers, starring Georgie Parker, Nathan Phillips, Hannah Levien, and Bec Hewitt? Visit https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/the-screen-guide/t/13-summers-2023/41130

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Attending the Fraser Coast Films Launch at the Hervey Bay Boat Club cinema are (l-r) What’s On Fraser Coast Editor Kim Parnell, and Dean and Tania Comerford.

B & B owners become movie extras

Hosting Australian screen icons Georgie Parker and Bec Hewitt, plus other young actors, was a thrilling experience for Dean and Tania Comerford from Vila Cavour Hervey Bay.

Since setting up their boutique Bed & Breakfast at Point Vernon in 2020, getting involved in the film industry has been a major highlight.

“Vila Cavour was a set for the swimming scenes and we also got to host some actors. It was so much fun having them stay with us,” Dean said.

“We can’t wait to see 13 Summers when it hits the screens!

“Initially, we put a sponsorship package together, and ended up being major sponsors… and we were extras in the movie as well.

“Another movie production is on the way and we hope to be involved with that too. It’ll be a romantic comedy—that’s my jam!”

Click this link to book at Vila Cavour Hervey Bay.

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