Waikerie is set to welcome the cast and crew of an international feature film.
Run Rabbit Run an $8-million thriller written by South Australian novelist Hannah Kent will begin filming later this year.
The screenplay featuring South Australian Golden Globe award winner Sarah Snook will be partly filmed in locations around Waikerie and Swan Reach over February and March.
The screenplay that was written with the Riverland region in mind, will follow Snook as a fertility doctor experiencing issues with her daughter.
Leon Stasinowsky Mayor of the Loxton Waikerie District says he is hopeful the production will showcase the region’s natural beauty to an international audience.
“The community is excited about the production and there is a real buzz around Waikerie as the locals look to proudly showcase their town,” Mayor Stasinowsky said.
“We are expecting long term benefits from the increased regional and national profile from such renowned actors and director.”
The production will also be a welcome boost to the local economy.
Paul McCormick, the deputy chairperson of the Riverland West Chamber of Commerce, said the project is estimated to inject $200,000 to $300,000 into the area while filming.
The film that is set to put the Riverland on the map has a population of only 2,500 people and sits just off the Sturt Highway about two hours’ drive from Adelaide.
The town is set to benefit from flow-on benefits, in increased knowledge and awareness of Waikerie.
The film has major production investment from XYZ and Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria, the SAFC, the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund and Soundfirm.
Run Rabbit Run is set to begin filming in February 2022 and is due for release in 2023.
For more information on the Loxton Waikerie region visit loxtonwaikerie.sa.gov.au