Next bit of fear

BENDIGO filmmaker Greg McLean is stepping up in Hollywood. While his latest film, Wolf Creek 2, continues to succeed at the box office, McLean is looking toward his next thrilling project.

And coming off the biggest awards week in Hollywood, it is a good time to start a new project.

McLean’s next film is titled 6 Miranda Drive and will star Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell.

“It’s a fantastic script that I’ve been working on for some time and we have Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell in the cast, so it’s going to be great,” McLean said.

After box office success with Wolf Creek 2, Greg McLean is starting on a US-based thriller. CHRIS PEDLER writes

“I’m a huge fan of both of these amazing actors, so I’m really excited about it.”

After writing 6 Miranda Drive, the film found a home with the producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious - Jason Blum.

A supernatural feel will flow through McLean’s next project - something he is excited about.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the supernatural, so it’s a chance to explore the horror of that kind of very creepy tale, but in a very, very realistic way,” he said.

“The three movies I’ve directed are all in the outback, Kakadu or Flinders Ranges. 

“So as weird as it sounds, the idea of creating suspense and terror inside a normal house is really attractive to me.”

Suspense is no stranger to McLean as he proved with Wolf Creek 2.

After expanding the Mick Taylor character (played by John Jarratt) in his sequel, McLean has had encouraging responses from fans and the box office, if not the critics.

“The first movie had very mixed reviews also and that’s pretty standard for a horror movie,” McLean said.

“My job is just to make the best movie I possibly can at the time and that’s exactly what I did with Wolf Creek 2 – made something as entertaining, scary and also as thrilling as I could while developing the character of Mick Taylor.”

Last week At the Movies reviewers David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz refused to review Wolf Creek 2 on their show, which surprised McLean.

“To simply announce, ‘we are not reviewing this’ is a statement and a hugely hypocritical one considering that they also reviewed on the same show were two particularly violent American action movies,” McLean said.

“Of course, Australia is a free country and they can indeed do whatever they please, but their job is actually to review movies. 

“They chose to simply ignore a local movie that’s also looking like being a success story at the box office, for reasons only known to themselves.”

Supporting locally made films is something McLean is passionate about.

“I think we all know by now even though we make fantasic movies and have amazing talent in Australia, Australian movies do struggle sometimes at the box office against the massive machine that is Hollywood,” he said.

“No matter how you cut it, we are the little guy most of the time - so I don’t think it’s unfair to expect the biggest critics in the country to ignore something that’s clearly connecting in a major way with movie fans.”

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