*GALLERY, STORY: Angelina's visit to Werris Creek
PETER Turner had no idea what he was getting himself into but now Tamworth Treated Timbers will have a claim to fame after they scored a role in Angelina Jolie’s latest blockbuster.
The Kootingal-based business sent off a load of timber early this morning en route to the Unbroken film set at Movie World on the Gold Coast.
Mr Turner, who manages the workshop, said he was asked to quote on a job a few weeks ago.
“It was a job that got us by surprise,” Mr Turner told The Leader yesterday. “It’s huge, there is a monstrous amount of timber.”
But little did he know it was to help craft the set of a new multi-million dollar Hollywood blockbuster.
“When I quoted, I didn’t realise what I was quoting for or that it was a movie,” Mr Turner said. “Or Angelina’s movie ... I only found out last week.”
About 30 cubic metres of timber took off on the first shipment today – which had an urgent call-up from set directors – but there is still more to come. Mr Turner said the staff had been flat chat.
“The boys will start cutting again for this next order next week,” he said. “It’ll be for fences and buildings and that sort of stuff I think.”
It’s been a whirlwind week for the business – but it’s not the first time they’ve had movie directors knocking on the door.
The timber business supplied the wood for the Superman movie that was staged on the Liverpool Plains a few years ago. This time round the buzz is still there in the workshop.
“I put a quote in and just got it ... and I thought ‘wow that’s a big job, how are we going to fit it in’,” Mr Turner said. “At first I didn’t know what it was for but then I asked whereabouts at the Gold Coast is it going ... and then they said Movie World.”
It’s a long way from Kootingal to Hollywood and there’s no doubt with a big name like Angelina Jolie backing the film it’ll hit the cinema screens with much fanfare.
The epic drama is based on the life of an American hero and depicts prisoners of war.
Whether it’s the wood to build a house, a fence or even a scene set, Tamworth will have a claim to fame.
“Yeah ... I’ll probably watch it,” Mr Turner joked. “I think we’ll all watch it.”
The timber contract is the latest local link to the movie with Angelina Jolie herself flying in to Tamworth to scour potential backdrops in Werris Creek.
Filming starts in October in Queensland, so the race is on to get things ready. Now it’s just a waiting game to see if any other locals will land a leading role.