Bay to star in Hollywood shark thriller ‘Cage Dive’
A SHARK thriller, largely filmed in Hervey Bay, will screen in the US after being picked up by production giant LionsGate.
Cage Dive tells the story of three American friends stranded inside a shark-viewing cage after a freak wave sinks their dive boat off South Australia's Neptune Islands.
While the scarier scenes were shot off nearby Port Lincoln, known for it's great whites, film crews chose Hervey Bay's pristine waters for the open-water scenes which make up about 75% of the movie.
Our famous humpback whales, captured during their annual migration, also make an appearance.
For director, writer and producer Gerald Rascionato, the process of getting his movie to the screen was five years in the making.
"We have an amazing scene in the movie of a whole family of whales doing tricks, it was a real miracle to be able to get that close," Mr Rascionato said.
"If it wasn't for Hervey Bay's calm waters, the movie would not have been possible."
A crew of about 10 came to the Fraser Coast to film on three occasions to film the scenes which Mr Rascionato said were all filmed off Fraser Island.
Cage Dive stars Megan Peta Hill who has had roles in the Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, X-Files and Supernatural.
After receiving rave reviews at early screenings, it was bought by Lionsgate-Grindstone pictures.
The movie is set to be released in the US this August. An Australian release date has not yet been announced.
The positive feedback is a dream-come-true for the Cudgen-based director who has wanted to make a shark movie since watching Jaws as a seven-year-old.
"I've wanted to make a film about sharks for most of my life, but it was a matter of finding a way to do it that hadn't been done before," Mr Rascionato told The Advertiser.
"In most movies, the shark sets out to eat people, but I thought, 'what if we bought the people to the sharks - then made them really hungry?'."
Despite making sharks the villains of his movie, the 30-year-old says he actually loves the ocean creatures.
"I love sharks, I just wanted to make an entertaining film about a cage dive that went wrong," he said. "I hope people don't look at it like I'm demonising sharks."