There should have been an ochre carpet rather than a Red Carpet for the Sydney premiere of TOP END WEDDING.
The film stars Miranda Tapsell who co-wrote the script by drawing on her experiences growing up in Darwin and Kakadu National Park. The film took the cast and crew to remote and stunning locations in the Tiwi islands, Katherine Gorge, Kakadu National Park and Darwin.
The director is Wayne Blair who directed The Sapphires. The film has already garnered critical acclaim.
The Northern Territory Government invested $1.5 million in the movie in the hope that it would boost tourism.Miranda who plays a lawyer in the film hoped that this role would change the perception of the Northern Territory as the ocker country of Crocodile Dundee. She also hoped that by playing an indigenous lawyer she could be a further effective role model to young indigenous women.
Tapsell was also thrilled that she could show off the Larrakia land from which she came.
The Logie award winning actor has been consistently a vocal advocate to have more indigenous people and their stories on the big screen
Like Crocodile Dundee, it is hoped that TOP END WEDDING will have further success overseas.
The Northern Territory Government is dreaming big and if the film does indeed become a commercial success, then like the Lord Of The Rings tours in New Zealand, the Game of Thrones tours in Dubrovnik, there will be tours tracking the locations captured in TOP END WEDDING.
This uplifting romantic comedy starts in cinemas on Thursday 2nd May, 2019.
Featured image Miranda Tapsell. All images by Ben Apfelbaum.