By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
Reel Locations: The Ultimate Travel Guide to Aussie Films
By Anthony Roberts (Explore Australia Publishing, $32.95, softcover, 285 pages)
It is most gratifying to combine the love of films with travel as this book takes you on a “fun and informative journey” through the locations where some of Australia’s greatest feature films have been shot.
You get the reel deal with this glossy, colourful volume and who knows maybe you’ll “yearn to travel to these remarkable spots and see them, feel them, smell them for yourselves”.
Film buff and author Anthony Roberts says: “There are just so many beautiful and unique film locations throughout this country. From the majestic terrain of the Pilbara in Western Australia where they shot Japanese Story, to the sleepy coastal town of Bowen in tropical North Queensland, the shooting site of Australia, to the bustling metropolis of Sydney which is home to dozens of movie backdrops. It’s hard to travel through Australia and not stumble across an interesting film location.”
Anthony Roberts encourages you to go horseback riding through the stunning mountains of the Victorian High Country like the horsemen in The Man from Snowy River; visit Walkabout Creek Hotel in McKinlay, Queensland (Crocodile Dundee); follow the buddies from Jindabyne who go fly-fishing at Island Bend in the Kosciuszko National Park; go to Broken Hill, NSW (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert); Martindale Hall in Mintaro, South Australia (Picnic at Hanging Rock); and Robertson, NSW (Babe).
Curiosity will get the better of you with a name like Porpoise Spit (Muriel’s Wedding) andwhen you learn of the dangers of shooting Ten Canoes in the Arafura Swamp, Darwin.
Reel Locations also highlights tourist hotspots, has interviews with directors and producers, gives quirky facts with insights and lists the best places to eat and stay.
Why was the Aussie classic The Castle omitted? Roberts wanted to “avoid hate mail by directing readers to spend their hard-earned dollars on a holiday to Essendon Airport”.
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