Below feature film shooting in Rockingham

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Actor Phoenix Raei, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, Director Maziar Lahooti and actor Ryan Corr on the set of Below today.
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Two major Australian stars have been in town filming for the past week, with Rockingham’s Lake Walyungup set to take a starring role in feature film Below.

Below is the debut feature film for Western Australian director Maziar Lahooti and stars Anthony LaPaglia and Ryan Corr as step-father and son duo Terry and Dougie.

The film centres on the directionless dreamer Dougie, who is recruited to work in a refugee detention centre where he discovers an underground Fight Club-style operation.

The cast and crew have been in Rockingham over the past few days, shooting scenes on the salt lake.

They were at Fremantle Prison last week, with parts of the film to also show off other Perth icons like Coogee and Cottesloe beaches.

Corr was in Perth to shoot outlaw bikie movie 1% in 2017, but it is the first time LaPaglia has made a film in WA.

The film also features Phoenix Raei (The Heights, Romper Stomper), Alison Whyte (The Kettering Incident), Morgana O’Reilly (Wanted, Offspring) and Zenia Starr (Hotel Mumbai, The Merger).

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia was on set today and spoke to the Telegraph about the benefit the film could have on attracting more tourists to WA.

“Movies shot in your location are a great way of employing people, promoting the arts and developing the arts and obviously marketing the State,” he said.

Mr Papalia said he believed there was a “boom” in film production in WA currently, and said the State Government would be promoting arts and culture as a way to attract more tourists to the State.

“There’s been a number of feature movies being shot right across the State and every little bit of awareness of just how different, and in many ways beautiful, Western Australia is, every bit of that going out there to the world helps,” he said.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said Rockingham was filled with an abundance of environmental assets that gave production crews the opportunity to shoot in an area “rich with wildlife, breathtaking coastline and thrilling eco-adventures”.

The film is due for release later this year.

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