ABC News 24October 4, 2013
A touch of Hollywood is expected in Winton as it prepares to roll out the red carpet this weekend.
The murder-mystery film Mystery Road was shot around Winton last year and it has already screened at the Sydney and Toronto film festivals.
It will premiere tomorrow night at Winton’s historic outdoor theatre.
Producer David Jowsey says the outback environment made the town an ideal location.
“It is sensational. Most of the reviews of Mystery Road have mentioned how extraordinary the landscape looks,” he said.
Winton Mayor Butch Lenton say the council is looking at developing a film studio.
“It is just to have a multi-use set made up in Winton here and filmmakers don’t have to make that up every time they come in – that’s another path we are looking down,” he said.
He says that would help attract more productions to the region.
Councillor Lenton says the council is working on the idea with Screen Queensland and the Griffith Film School.
“The potential development of a multi-use movie industry and educational film studio is what it is and it is something that is definitely worth looking at,” he said.
“It is not only for Winton, it is really for outback Queensland.
“We have got to get people to come out and stay in these regions and that is what will help our economy along.”