Mt Elephant hits the big screen

A Melbourne film crew spent three hot and windy days at Mount Elephant working on a short film which is hoped to be included in major film festivals across the world.

A Melbourne film crew spent three hot and windy days at Mount Elephant working on a short film which is hoped to be included in major film festivals across the world.

DERRINALLUM’S biggest attraction was up for sale last week with a shonky real-estate agent doing his best to get top dollar for it.

Mount Elephant was being marketed as the perfect development opportunity, complete with “stunning panoramic views”.

The ‘sale’ was part of a short film being shot on the mount with seasoned performer Mark Mitchell (of ‘Con the fruiterer’ fame) in the lead role.

A Melbourne film crew spent three days on location at Mount Elephant filming retake after retake for the 14 minute movie.

Producer Kate Laurie said the movie was a character study of the different personalities involved in a property sale.

“Our scriptwriter, Isaac Wall worked in property law for some years and found it fascinating,” she said.

“He was constantly amazed at the lengths people would go to to make a sale and the tangled situations that resulted.

“He’s taken that fascination and turned it into a script bound for the big screen.”

Seasoned actor Mark Mitchell (left) with one of the cast members in the Mount Elephant crater.

Seasoned actor Mark Mitchell (left) with one of the cast members in the Mount Elephant crater.

Ms Laurie said the basic premise is of four people thrust together in a strange location as part of a property deal and follows their reactions.

The real-estate agent is gruff by nature, the potential buyer (Mark Mitchell) and his wife are keen on development and the land-owner is an amateur ecologist.

“You can probably guess that there are immediately a few tensions between them,” Ms Laurie said.

“It’s an absurd tale that aims to highlight the absurdities of property deals.

“It’s not supposed to be a comedy, but inherently it is quite funny.”

Centring on a volcano, the film crew chose Mt Elephant as its locations after carrying out a simple Google search.

“We looked at a couple of sites closer to Melbourne but they were too populated and developed,” Ms Laurie said.

“Then we found Derrinallum and it looked ideal.

“We made contact with the local community and they welcomed us with open arms, which sealed it for us.”

Filming over the three days, the film crew stayed in shearing quarters at Titanga.

“The Derrinallum community has been brilliant – they’ve done everything they could have to help us along.

“It really has been a pleasure working here.”

Entirely filmed on Mount Elephant, the footage will take at least a month to edit .

“Our intention is to enter it in numerous short film festivals including the Melbourne International Film Festival. the Cannes Film Festival in France and the Sundance Film Festival in America.”

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