Mayor throws weight behind Morcombe movie fundraising push
HOW GENEROUS is the Sunshine Coast?
We're about to find out.
The challenge has been set for locals eager to not only support the Australian film industry but help pay homage to a story that has shaped the region's identity.
Crowdfunding for the Daniel Morcombe movie Where is Daniel? - which tells the story of Daniel's parents Bruce and Denise and the police efforts to find the Coast schoolboy who was abducted and murdered on December 7, 2003- is currently underway.
A $300,000 target has been set to help fast-track the film which is directed by Peter Cousens and has the legendary cinematographer Dean Cundey on board.
Almost $70,000 has been raised but with 20 days left on the clock the challenge has been set.
Mr Cousens, Bruce and Denise and the team are hoping 6000 Sunshine Coast residents can chip in just $25 each, to help deliver a massive boost to the fundraising efforts and drive the project across the line.
The film is set to be shot on the Sunshine Coast and the cash is needed to finish off the script and get it distributed for casting purposes and to enable investment in the film to be sought.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has thrown his support behind the project, pledging to contribute towards the crowdfunding campaign.
"The story of the Morcombe family's tragedy is at the heart of the Sunshine Coast so it is only appropriate Where Is Daniel? is filmed here," he said.
"Their story touched the hearts of so many people here on the Coast - and indeed across Australia - and continues to do so.
"I'll be contributing towards the crowd funding campaign to get this movie up and running and will encourage my fellow councillors and council staff to do the same."
The council has also already contributed $50,000 towards the movie's production.
Majestic Cinemas Nambour manager Michelle Weir said it was great Bruce and Denise were helping drive the film.
She said it was extremely rare in Australia to be able to show a film shot in the same region.
"To see something made locally is very special," she said.
To help bring the project to life head to: whereisdanielmovie.com