Fig tree branches out to Cannes
THE Rose City was on screen for the world to see at this month's Cannes Film Festival.
Actually, it was the train scene from the feature film, The Tree, which was shot around the old timber railway bridge just past John Dee on the Allora Back Road.
The Tree, partly filmed in the Warwick area, starred as the closing film at Cannes Film Festival in France this week.
Southern Downs economic development officer John Randall remembers filming well. “The movie director sent me out location scouts looking for the right size and shape fig tree,” Mr Randall said.
“I took them all over the district and in the end we had inspected over 100 fig trees.”
He said the community got right behind the search, published in the Daily News, and phoned Mr Randall for days with reported sightings of the perfect tree.
“Sadly, in the end they found the ultimate tree near Boonah, so that was where most of the filming occurred,” he said.
“But this was where the train scenes were shot. I felt sorry for the train driver who drove his train back and forth about 50 metres each time. He would have done that at least 50 times.”
The Tree is co-produced between France and Australia.
It follows the relationship behind the story of eight-year-old Simone and mother Dawn and how they are forced to make life-changing decisions after the death of their father, caused by a tree.
The film is an adaptation from the novel Our Father Who Art in The Tree by Judy Pascoe.
“Activities like film making always bring in fresh dollars for our local economy,” Mr Randall said.
Films made in this area are also good because of the pride of place that they bring to locals.”