Warner Brothers filming on Lady Elliot
On Saturday 27th of January 5 Seair planes landed on Lady Elliot bringing Cast, Crew and tonnes of filming equipment for one of Warner Brothers latest feature films.
Most of this was transported from Proserpine at Airly Beach, where Warner Brothers have been based for the filming taking place in the Whitsunday's.
Warner Brothers has been filming at several locations along the Queensland coast and Lady Elliot Island was seen to be perfect for the movies underwater sequences due to the amazing water clarity.
Shooting for the Feature film "Fools Gold” took place at a number of sites around the island and featured a host of vessels as props, filming and living platforms.
Fools Gold is a romantic comedy set in the Caribbean starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. The two are treasure hunters in the midst of a marriage breakdown over Mathew"s characters obsession with striking it rich finding Spanish treasure.
A range of vessels were brought to lady elliot for the filming. These include the Grey Scout based out of Gladstone and 'The Reele Thing’, a charter fishing vessel from the Gold Coast used as a prop in the movie. The script calls for this vessel to be blown up and sunk, but computer generated images will be used for these sequences. The Tasman Venture was brought out from Hervey Bay for use as a live-aboard mother ship for the filming.
Though they spent most of their time in the water surrounding the island, most cast and crew returned to Lady Elliot’s resort of a night time. One of the resorts pool side buildings was converted into the production office for the week long shoot.
A Helicopter was used as a scout aircraft for possible locations around Lady Elliot and the neighbouring coral cay, Lady Musgrave island.