South-west coast set to shine in Port Fairy screening of The Broken Shore

PORT Fairy will appear on its own big screen on Friday when telemovie The Broken Shore gets a special preview screening at the Reardon Theatre.

The cast and crew of the Peter Temple adaptation spent two weeks in Port Fairy, Portland and Port Campbell in April last year, roping in locals to appear beside stars Don Hany, Claudia Karvan, Noni Hazlehurst, Erik Thomson, Anthony Hayes and Catherine McClements.

The film is set to be screened on ABC1 on February 2 and had its world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival in October.

The many locals involved in the production get three chances to see it on Friday when it is shown at the Reardon Theatre at 1.30pm, 4pm and 8pm.

All proceeds from the screening will go towards Peter’s Project, with the film’s producers approving the screening at no cost.

The Broken Shore is based on Temple’s novel about a detective (Hany) who returns to his old home town of Port Munro to recuperate after being injured on a case that went wrong.

While recovering, he is drawn into a murder investigation that uncovers a dark side to the community he once thought of as home.

Speaking at the time of filming, producers Andrew Knight and Ian Collie had nothing but praise for the people of the south-west, particularly Port Fairy.

“It’s about the nicest  place I’ve worked in,” Knight said.

Collie agreed, saying the diversity of locations in the area were productive for filming. 

“I don’t know why more people don’t film down here,” he said.

Temple reportedly wrote the novel The Broken Shore while staying in Port Fairy, prompting lead actor Hany to comment that shooting in the region seemed appropriate.

“The landscape is a character itself,” Hany said. “It’s part of the mystery and tension of the storytelling, both in the novel and the telemovie and that makes the landscape so integral.”

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