Coochie film heads for Cannes

ON THE SET: The Salt Maiden being filmed on Coochiemudlo Island.
ON THE SET: The Salt Maiden being filmed on Coochiemudlo Island.
A scene from the film Salt Maiden, starring Renee Lim, right. The film was shot in and around Coochiemudlo Island and will premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film festival in France.

A scene from the film Salt Maiden, starring Renee Lim, right. The film was shot in and around Coochiemudlo Island and will premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film festival in France.

A scene from the film Salt Maiden, which will debut at Cannes Film Festival

A scene from the film Salt Maiden, which will debut at Cannes Film Festival

Film director Beverley Callow on the set during filming at Coochimudlo Island.

Film director Beverley Callow on the set during filming at Coochimudlo Island.

Film director Beverley Callow on the set during filming at Coochiemudlo Island.

Film director Beverley Callow on the set during filming at Coochiemudlo Island.

Film director Beverley Callow on the set during filming at Coochiemudlo Island.

Film director Beverley Callow on the set during filming at Coochiemudlo Island.

FILM director Beverley Callow never dreamed a film she made on a trip home to the Redlands would end up on the big screen at Cannes.

Next month, her short film The Salt Maiden, which was shot in and around Coochiemudlo Island, will be shown to movie buffs at the prestigious French festival.

Callow will attend next month's Cannes screening and is expected to be accompanied by lead actress Renee Lim.

"We're all very excited," Callow said about walking down the red carpet and working out what she will wear to the A-list event.

"I'll be back for more screenings in Redlands, possibly the Australian Premiere on June 28," she said.

Callow returned to Redland to reconnect with her father after directing a Sydney production of the award-winning short play The Salt Maiden, written by her childhood friend and collaborator Donna Cameron.

Cameron was living on Coochiemudlo Island at the time she wrote the play, so Callow visited the island and launched into making the film "where it all began".

Callow acquired private and corporate sponsorship from Melbourne business Tyger Venture Partners and Redland City Council.

More than 60 extras from Redland City were cast in the film, which has music by Macleay Island composer Colin Offord.

The world premiere of The Salt Maiden will be screened at the festival at Cannes, which runs from May 14 to 25.

The Australian premiere will be screened at Lines in the Sand Indigenous Festival on North Stradbroke Island on June 28.

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