THE Oscars may have attracted the big Hollywood stars, but the south-west had its own major movie event last night with the premiere of a home-grown film.
South Purrumbete filmmaker Luis Bayonas screened his latest feature-length effort Adios at the Kiara Centre in Camperdown to a select group of friends, family and fans.
Starring John Waters, the movie was shot around Camperdown, the Stony Rises, Cressy, Birregurra and South Purrumbete, with plenty of help from locals, Bayonas said.
“This is not my movie, this is our movie,” he said of the crew. “It was a love job.”
Made for “zero money”, Adios tells the tale of a celebrity who, for reasons unbeknown even to himself, drops out of the rat race and the fame game to live in a shack in the Stony Rises.
Bayonas said the movie was a “love story and adventure and a mystery”. Adios is the fruit of a four-decade friendship between Bayonas and Waters, who first met while Waters was working on the colonial drama Rush with Bayonas’ producer wife.
After several attempts to get a project happening over the years, they finally teamed up to write Adios together.
“It’s based on the real John Waters a little bit,” Bayonas said. “We were always planning to do something together. We worked on this script … and John said he was able to give four weeks for shooting.”
A public premiere would take place at the Colac Cinema on April 22, Bayonas said.