A GREAT FEED: Actor John Jarratt was happy to be on the Kandanga set of Chris Sun’s horror movie Boar yesterday and talked up the Kandanga Hotel’s pub meals.
A GREAT FEED: Actor John Jarratt was happy to be on the Kandanga set of Chris Sun’s horror movie Boar yesterday and talked up the Kandanga Hotel’s pub meals. Craig Warhurst

Aussie actor Jarratt spotted filming in Kandanga

 

Matthew Lee

AUSTRALIAN acting heavyweight John Jarratt could have been mistaken for a local, reclining on the veranda of the Kandanga Hotel yesterday afternoon.

The Wolf Creek actor was in the Mary Valley township as filming continued on Sunshine Coast film director Chris Sun's latest horror film.

Boar, a blood-stained story about a rampaging pig with a taste for murder, is in its second week of shooting.

The film has a standout Aussie cast of 22, backed by a crew of at least 60.

Jarratt was joined on the hotel veranda by co-star Melissa Tkautz, overlooking the Kandanga Post Office and Information Centre where filming was taking place.

With his thick beard and outback aura, Jarratt's appearance conjured up memories of his frightening role as a one man killing machine in the Wolf Creek franchise.

JOHN Jarratt and Melissa Tkautz enjoyed a rest between scenes while actors Hugh Sheridan, Ernie Dingo and Simone Buchanan worked the camera yesterday.

The pair spoke highly of the project.

"I got here on Sunday with Steve Bisley (another high profile Aussie actor in the cast)," Jarratt said. "Today has been a wonderful day."

The Aussie actor was also full of praise for the pub meal he enjoyed at the Kandanga Hotel.

"I had a good counter meal the other day," he said.

"It's that good pub food that just sticks to your guts."

Jarratt was also impressed by Kandanga locals who had gathered on the fringes of the film set.

"The local people here are so relaxed," he said.

IN CONTROL: Film director Chris Sun on the set at Kandanga yesterday surrounded by his film crew.
IN CONTROL: Film director Chris Sun on the set at Kandanga yesterday surrounded by his film crew.

Tkautz shared Jarratt's enthusiasm.

"I got here last night (Wednesday) and today is my first full day of filming," she said.

A make-up artist touched up the actress' face while she spoke about setting eyes on the Boar script about seven months ago.

"I knew straight away I wanted to be a part of it," Tkautz said. "It was a no-brainer with so many great Australian actors involved."

The film brings together one of the biggest ensembles of Australian actors in a home-grown film and Jarratt believes it will do well.

"The script was so good and everyone (in the cast) gets a go," he said.

Although adept at playing the killer in Wolf Creek, Jarratt was happy to pass that honour to the boar in the new Sun movie.

"When that pig is set loose, you have to feel for his victims," he said.

Gympie Mayor Mick Curran joined councillor Julie Walker earlier yesterday afternoon in watching the filming take place.

"Gympie is a great place to film, being so close to Brisbane for post-production," Cr Curran said.

"It is great to see locals as extras and to see Kandanga and the Kandanga Hotel being used as actual names in the film."

Boar is Chris Sun's second horror movie to be filmed in the region.