Lake takes centre stage in Below

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A film that showcases Rockingham’s Lake Walyungup will premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival next month.

Below is the debut feature film for West Australian director Maziar Lahooti and is a dark comedy with a provocative take on Australia’s controversial asylum seeker detention system.

It 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 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 the set of the film when it was shot in Rockingham in February and said the film could help attract 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.

It will screen for the first time on August 3.

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