The hills are alive with the sound of screaming as independent horror film comes to Coast

The cast and crew of Alice in action filming at the Rosecliffe Cottages in Pinbarren.
The cast and crew of Alice in action filming at the Rosecliffe Cottages in Pinbarren. CONTRIBUTED

THE idyllic hilltops around the Rosecliffe Cottages have been transformed into a dark and dreary landscape as independent film makers shoot on location.

The romantic Pinbarren getaway was selected by Powerhouse Media Productions as the setting for the female-drive revenge thriller Alice.

The feature film is the third for the Gold Coast-based company, who had filmed another movie at the cottages two years ago.

“The owners have been absolutely lovely and although it doesn't look like it during the day, it is the perfect setting for a horro thriller because there is lots of bush and it’s pretty isolated,” producer Gemma Hassett said.

“Getting away from civilisation has been great for all of us and it has allowed us to expand our creative force.”

Ms Hassett said the serenity at the location had been broken by the blood-curding screams of the actors during filming, but nobody was near enough to be bothered by it.

A cast and crew of 30 have been living and working at the cottages since June 10 and despite wet weather putting a spanner in the works of their filming schedule, they will wrap up on June 21.

Noosa hinterland businesses have been reaping the rewards of the regular custom, with the nearest IGA being bought out of paper plates and water during the crew’s stay.

Although the team is working on a strict budget, with the film being privately financed, they have a wide range of skill and experience among them.

“You do notice the difference not having the Hollywood budget,” Ms Hassett said.

“But our limits make you more creative because you have to think outside the square to get the shots you want.”

Alice tells the story of the moment of blind panic of a hit and run accident and the subsequent consequences for all involved.

To follow the film’s progress, like the Alice Feature Film Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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