Scenes from The Reef were shot on Hervey Bay beaches.
Scenes from The Reef were shot on Hervey Bay beaches.

Mixed reviews for The Reef

THE LATEST film to be made on the Fraser Coast has had its first Australian screenings in Brisbane and Canberra.

A large segment of The Reef, an oceanic thriller about four friends and an unfriendly shark, was filmed at Scarness about 12 months ago with stars Gyton Grantley, Damian Walshe-Howling, Zoe Naylor and Adrienne Pickering in town for a spell.

The movie received mixed reviews on the back of its double screening at the Brisbane International Film Festival last week, as it did when screened internationally at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in May.

Director Andrew Traucki said the film was received “really, really well” in France.

“Cannes was a blast,” he said. “A feeding frenzy of ideas, hope and talent. Our sharks fitted in nicely.”

As a result of its showing at Cannes, the movie was also signed up for festivals in South Korea, Spain and Germany.

The website for the Brisbane International Film Festival was last week promoting the Fraser Coast in its blurb for the picture.

“Filmed on location in the spectacular Hervey Bay area, The Reef stars Damian Walshe-Howling …” it read.

One unimpressed reviewer at the Brisbane screening said the Queensland Government would be “disappointed that The Reef sells the beauty of the region so appallingly”.

The Reef also hit screens down south at the Canberra Film Festival earlier this month.

The real-life shark scenes for the movie were shot off the South Australia coast in pre-production.

The councillor with the tourism portfolio, Anne Nioa, described the movie as “profile building for an emerging region”.

“From an economic development point of view, movies are huge drivers when they are being made in the region,” she said.

“As long as they say filmed in Hervey Bay and the sharks in Adelaide, I’m happy.”

Fool’s Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson and Donald Sutherland, was filmed in Hervey Bay in 2007.

Subdivision, a movie about the development boom, which featured Gary Sweet and Brooke Satchwell, was also made in the Bay in 2008.

The Chronicle was unable to find out if a special screening is planned for Hervey Bay, when the film goes on general release next March.

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