Just months after the cast and crew of Sea Change packed up and left the Northern Rivers, another major film and television production is kicking off in the region.
But this time the production is more about scares than love affairs.
Production has just begun on a new psychological horror film entitled Sweet River – a story set in a small country town with secrets that both the living and the dead will fight to protect.
The film tells the story of a woman, Hanna Montague (played by KU actor Lisa Kay) whose search for her young son’s body leads her back to Billins, a sleepy sugar cane town with a dark history.
It is a film about two women from completely different worlds, who are learning to deal with the grief caused by the loss of their children.
Hanna’s son Joey was abducted by a serial killer and is presumed dead, and Ellenor’s daughter lost her life in a tragic bus crash along with several other local children.
As Hanna spends more time in the town investigating her son’s disappearance, and with some unexplained encounters with the supernatural after dark, it becomes clear that no one wants her here.
‘For a long time I’ve been fascinated with the power of fear as a storytelling tool,’ Director Justin McMillan said.
‘After seeing A Quiet Place, I completely reconsidered the way I looked at the horror genre, and was inspired to write a psychological horror story with an emotional message.’
Mr McMillan, producer Ashley McLeod, and several members of the cast and crew call the Northern Rivers home.
The region’s sugar cane farms, with their unique and eerie aesthetic as if they are hiding secrets, brought much inspiration to Justin for the story.