Tari Jeffers, MANJIMUP-BRIDGETOWN TIMES
October 8, 2015
Manjimup Shire Council last week committed $45,000 towards the filming of Jasper Jones, with at least $2.5 million expected to be poured back into Pemberton during its production.
Jasper Jones producers David Jowsey and Vincent Sheenan addressed the council on Thursday and said they needed help because casting costs were over budget
Emmy and Golden Globe winner Toni Collette and acclaimed actor Hugo Weaving have been announced as part of the cast for Jasper Jones, joining Levi Miller, Aaron McGrath and Angourie Rice.
The council voted 10-0 to provide a $40,000 financial contribution and $5000 towards traffic management assistance.
Manjimup shire president Wade DeCampo said past precedent made the contribution worthwhile.
“All you have to do is look at the statistics at movies filmed in the area, like Drift, which was filmed just in strips around areas like Margaret River,” he said.
“Looking at the economic impact, there’s a huge potential to boost up the Pemberton region.
“We’ve looked at the favourable past and decided, looking to the future of Pemberton.”
The production crew will arrive in Pemberton the week starting October 19 and at least $2.5 million is expected to be spent on accommodation, vehicles, costumes, catering, fuel, construction materials, extras, buildings and hiring of props.
On Thursday, Mr Jowsey explained the reasons Pemberton had been chosen as a location.
“Having the whole movie in and around Pemberton really worked for us,” he said.
“It provides the film with older-style suburban housing with untouched laneways where much of the action of the film takes place.”
A movie set will also be constructed in Pemberton for some of the scenes and there are plans for “making of” film about Jasper Jones.
“There will be the opportunity for people to be part of the movie as extras,” Cr DeCampo said.