BIG COUP: The short film, Slaughter at Lonesome Rock, was recently filmed on the Granite Belt.
BIG COUP: The short film, Slaughter at Lonesome Rock, was recently filmed on the Granite Belt. JEFF W. TSENG

Chilling film shows off Granite Belt scenery

THE Granite Belt might boast postcard-perfect scenes aplenty, but it'll also soon have a spine-tingling image.

Film production company PixelFrame this month shot a short horror film, Slaughter at Lonesome Rock, at a number of Granite Belt sites.

Caitlin Johnston is one of the producers of the film, which was shot by Griffith Film School alumni.

Ms Johnston said their film was one of three which received Screen Queensland funding and will be shown at Screamfest in Los Angeles in October.

While the Granite Belt wasn't their first option for filming, she said they were thrilled with the possibilities of the boulder-riddled scenery.

"The setting for the film was going to me much more of a red dirt setting, but we found that was going to be too tricky logistically and financially to make it out that far,” Ms Johnston said.

She said they were put in touch with the Southern Downs Regional Council, and staff helped them to find the right locations.

The film, which features a rural police officer who makes a shocking discovery, was shot on the Eukey property of Samantha and Russell Wantling, as well as Carnell Raceway.

Stanthorpe cafe Feast & Farmin' took on the catering for the team, who stayed at the Vines Motel in Stanthorpe.

"We've really just been constantly humbled with how everyone's gone above and beyond for us,” Ms Johnston said.

"It was just really fantastic to be so welcomed into the community.

"Nothing was ever too much trouble.”

With the screening set for October, she said the film's post-production would likely be finalised within about six weeks.

Jess Tseng is her co-producer while the film was directed by Lucas Thyer.

Southern Downs councillor for tourism Rod Kelly said while this wasn't the first time the region would be on film, it was a great boost to the region's image. Cr Kelly said the film's production also brought economic benefits to the region.

"They come to town, they stay somewhere, they eat, they buy goods so there's economic benefits to us,” Cr Kelly said.

"But when they're shooting in various locations people see the landscapes and the natural assets we have... people find out where it is and they (want to) go and have a look.”

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