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Film crew transforms fruit shop in Deagon

Deagon gets transformed into a film set as (from left) Kirar Mercy stars in Drawing Hope directed by Chris Le Roy with first Assistant Director Kim Lodington (New York Film Academy) and make-up artist Kristie Owen (Australia Institute of Creative Design).
Deagon gets transformed into a film set as (from left) Kirar Mercy stars in Drawing Hope directed by Chris Le Roy with first Assistant Director Kim Lodington (New York Film Academy) and make-up artist Kristie Owen (Australia Institute of Creative Design). Renee McKeown

THE former George's Cabbage Patch in Deagon was transformed into a homeless shelter today for the shooting of a film by New York Film Academy.

Stanley Day Park, Deagon Bulk Meats, Friendly Grocer and Artrageous will also be turned into movie sets this weekend for the short film Drawing Hope.

More than 50 cast and crew are working on the production this weekend, which will be aired on the big screen at the New York Film Academy Filmmakers Showcase on the Gold Coast later this year.

Former Deagon resident and director Chris Le Roy said they were using Red Scarlet Cameras for the shoot.

"They're used on films like Thor and Die Hard,” he said.

"The location has to work and have the right feel and the storyline is a town that has fallen on hard times.

"This is the biggest set we have ever done with 50 cast and crew.

"This is my thesis and graduation film.”

The former George's Cabbage Patch fruit shop gets transformed into a homeless shelter for the short film Drawing Hope.
The former George's Cabbage Patch fruit shop gets transformed into a homeless shelter for the short film Drawing Hope. Renee McKeown

First assistant director Kim Lodington said they had a few long filming days ahead of them.

"For me it's phenomenal to be working on something this big,” she said.

"It changes all my views on what I can do.

"It follows the story of a young girl, Hope, whose family has been evicted from their house and they're now in a homeless shelter.

"She has a gift of drawing and overcomes people's scepticism, especially her mother's.”

Drawing Hope cast and crew are filming at the former George's Cabbage Patch fruit shop.
Drawing Hope cast and crew are filming at the former George's Cabbage Patch fruit shop. Renee McKeown

Hope is played by young actress Kirar Mercy who is looking forward to seeing the movie at Event Cinemas on the Gold Coast.

A number of other cast and crew join the production, travelling from the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast for filming.

Topics:  deagon deagon fruit shop drawing hope event cinemas film set movie new york film academy short film


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