OPEN LETTER: The Observer says bring Dundee to Gladstone!
An open letter to Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Screen Australia and Screen Queensland:
OVER the past week, this community has rallied around Gladstone's bid to host a new Crocodile Dundee movie.
And while the idea draws a long bow, it's important to understand that it's probably not as silly as it sounds.
Since the airing of Tourism Australia's Superbowl ad on Monday, residents, businesses, councillors and even emergency services personnel have mobilised to show why Gladstone has everything film-makers need to make Croc 4.
People have put their minds together to pitch Gladstone based on it's amazing scenery, outback country spirit and colourful characters.
Film-maker Luke Graham describes this city as a "cinematographers dream".
And let's not forget, our almost bigfoot-like crocodile sightings.
But the campaign has proven that Gladstone holds a special key, yet to be revealed.
This region represents all the qualities that made the original Dundee films great.
Gladstone's campaign has proven our ability to laugh at ourselves, and stitch-up a mate.
Gladstone's campaign has proven the love for our unique land, and the freedoms it affords us.
Gladstone's campaign has proven an unmistakeable mateship and respect for our fellow resident.
But overall, Gladstone's campaign has shown that we represent all of the unique Australian qualities that an iconic movie like the Dundee franchise seeks to show to the rest of the world.
And we think that's a pretty special thing to have.
Why film it here?
This letter was printed on page 4 of today's Observer.