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Homegrown horror movie 'boars' it up the coast

HIGH ON THE HOG: Director and former Gympie man Chris Sun on the set of the movie Boar in Kandanga.
HIGH ON THE HOG: Director and former Gympie man Chris Sun on the set of the movie Boar in Kandanga.

QUEENSLAND horror movie Boar will likely premiere in southeast Queensland this year after being picked up by Universal Pictures Australia.

Director and former Gympie man Christopher Sun signed a deal with the movie studio over the weekend to distribute the film, which stars John Jarratt, Ernie Dingo and Hugh Sheridan and was shot in Kandanga in the Mary Valley.

Hugh Sheridan in Kandanga.
Hugh Sheridan in Kandanga. Megan Slade

It is the first deal with a major studio for Sun, whose previous films including horror flick Charlie's Farm were released independently.

"To have them cheer and applaud at the end of the picture was a great feeling. All the years of indie film making paid off,” he told Confidential.

Director Christopher Sun and Actors John Jarrett and Melissa Tkautz on the set of Boar.
Director Christopher Sun and Actors John Jarrett and Melissa Tkautz on the set of Boar. Megan Slade

While Universal will now decide when to release the movie, Sun said he would lobby to premiere the film on the Sunshine Coast.

"They are very open to supporting our ideas. There will be a Queensland premiere and I would like it to be the world premiere,” he said, The film, about a 2.5m-high killer pig terrorising an outback town, hit hurdles after the first investors pulled out less than a week before cameras were to roll.

Then the Kandanga Hotel where it was filmed burned down last year.

"It's a case of what hasn't happened,” Sun said. "But I've been privileged to see the footage since I shot it and I've been confident we filmed one heck of a beast.”

Boar has cameo appearances by Real Housewives of Sydney's Melissa Tkautz and Australian Idol's Emily Williams.

Topics:  boar christopher sun ernie dingo horror movie hugh sheridan john jarratt kandanga premiere

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