UNDATED: A generic picture of a cane toad.
UNDATED: A generic picture of a cane toad.

Gladstone chosen as location for killer cane toad movie

GLADSTONE has been chosen as the setting for a sci-fi comedy film about a killer cane toad.

Led by internationally acclaimed director Nash Edgerton, Croak will feature a brother and sister, Josh and Stacy, who are forced off their family farm by coal-seam gas fracking.

Their mother takes a job in Galston, a booming coal and gas port.

The film follows Josh, a sensitive boy and Stacy, a country girl, as they settle in to a new school, in a new town amid some strange goings-on including pets vanishing and cars being mysteriously crushed in the night.

Screenworks chief executive Ken Crouch said there would be a range of opportunities for Gladstone residents during filming, which could begin as soon as next year.

Nash Edgerton on the black carpet at Trop Fest, Parramatta Park, 9th February 2019. Picture by Damian Shaw
Nash Edgerton on the black carpet at Trop Fest, Parramatta Park, 9th February 2019. Picture by Damian Shaw

"There are opportunities for work experience as well for people who otherwise wouldn't have a chance to access media jobs," Mr Crouch said.

"There is so much talent in regional Australia and they often don't get the same opportunities as metropolitan-based practitioners, so we look forward to seeing where this experience takes them."

Screenworks, Jungle Entertainment and Midwinter Films selected five regional directors and writers - Whyalla's David Wade, Lennox Head's Barbara Taylor, Higgins' Sebastian Chan, Townsville's Madeleine Dyer and Maroochydore's Siobhan Mulready - to develop the film.

The team was in Gladstone last week visiting potential shooting locations and gaining inspiration.

Jungle Entertainment producer Chloe Rickard said: "These five breakthrough director/writers are perfectly poised to help shape the timely questions that Croak raises, as well as load it with laughs, rebellion and relatable moments."

During the visit Mr Edgerton teamed up with Christiaan and Connor Van Vuuren, of Bondi Hipsters and Soul Mates fame, for a development lab for Croak.