Town spruced up for Angelina’s movie

WERRIS Creek’s main street was a hive of activity yesterday as set designers continued to prepare the town for its starring role.

Dozens of builders, carpenters, painters and production designers can be seen littering the landscape as they go about transforming parts of Single St and the western side of the iconic train station into a 1930s backdrop for the filming of Angelina Jolie’s latest blockbuster, Unbroken.

The facade of Nicole Marr’s grocery store is one of the shop fronts that has undergone a dramatic facelift. 

“In the space of days you can see it coming along,” she said.

“We’ve been discussing that we would like to keep it.”

Nicole and her mother Roslyn, who owns the Railway Hotel a few doors down, said they were both shocked by the level of detail going into the production.

“I think it is much more involved than what we all realised,” Nicole said. “And this is only construction stage, too.”

“It’s interesting to say the least,” Roslyn said. It’s exciting, it’s good for the town.”

The exteriors of houses near the corner of Coronation Ave and Punyarra St will also feature in the film and have received a timely sprucing.

Yesterday, the historic railway station, which is tipped to be used for a number of scenes, was getting a fresh lick of paint, albeit only on the western side.

“I suggested they keep going round to the other side,” museum volunteer Brian Powell said. 

“They’re going to paint it back. They’ve got to – it’s part of the deal.

“Money is no object, apparently.”

Filming is expected to start on Monday.

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