Who can resist the opportunity for a bit of star gazing, and last night I saw the stars of the non-celestial kind. I was up on the Sunshine Coast for the weekend and was invited to wander over to Nambour to watch the red carpet walk before the world premiere of the new Australian horror movie Boar on Saturday 19 May, 2018.
Aside from the fact that it was filmed nearby in Kandanga, what better place to first screen Boar than in Nam-boar? Director and local Chris Sun was there, as were many on the cast including John Jarratt, Melissa Tkautz, Roger Ward and Simone Buchanan. They arrived and made their way along the red carpet, with John Jarratt delivered most appropriately in a pig shooters' ute, by locals Feral Steve and Billy Munn. They got the opportunity after winning a competition to find the best ute, and in return got to join the cast in the reserved seats of the cinema.
The cheering was not the only ruckus to be heard, when three baby pigs and their handlers from Maleny Dairy squealed their way down the street. Soon we got to see the grand unveiling of papa pig. Boar, the title character of the film, was revealed. It's an 8-foot-high, 14 foot long beast of cinemagraphic mastery, designed and created by Steven Boyle of Steve Boyle Studios from Ascot, Queensland. Inside that small cavern, three men controlled the lifelike action of the big beast who on screen terrorises a family out on a roadtrip. For the night only, one creature wrangler was present controlling the head whilst the crowd looked on. He then emerged from the belly of the beast, hot and sweating to talk to the crowd. When asked what you must do to be a pig controller, he replied that Chris just told him to get in, so he did.
Pictures of the cast were taken with the Boar of the moment, then the cast headed into the cinema to take their seats. Chris Sun stayed behind to allow other premiere attendees to get a photo with him. This grateful and generous man then spared time on his world premiere night to ask security to open the barriers to allow the supportive crowd in to have a photo with him and the boar, also signing copies of his book 'Ed', which some keen fans had brought.
Roger Ward, Melissa Tkautz, John Jarratt and Simone Buchanan pose with the boar
As for the movie, it's a horror flick about a massive pig with an appetite for destruction. Set in outback Australia, it is out to terrorise both the Monroe family and the locals who aid them. While harkening back to the 80's flick Razorback, Boar is a new story written by Chris Sun and Kristy Dallas
A little trivia for the movie buffs is the strong link to the Mad Max franchise with Roger Ward and Steve Bisley from the original and Nathan Jones from Mad Max – Fury Road.
While horror may not be your preferred genre, this looks to be a great flick, so if you don't mind a bit of gore, get behind a great Aussie production. And kudos to Chris Sun, who stayed true to his hometown community, bringing a valuable boost during the filming process, and also some 'Hollywood' to Nambour.
The film is screening at the Nambour Majestic cinema till May 23 and a limited Australian release will follow.