Chinese movie crew films in Colac and district

A Chinese film crew, including Australian staff, set up at Colac Mid City Motor Inn at the weekend to film scenes for Mountains May Depart. PICTURE: TREVOR SLUGGETT

A Chinese film crew, including Australian staff, set up at Colac Mid City Motor Inn at the weekend to film scenes for Mountains May Depart. PICTURE: TREVOR SLUGGETT

COLAC and the Great Ocean Road will feature in a Chinese-made movie, after a film crew spent days filming in the region.

Acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhangke visited the region with crews to shoot scenes for Mountains May Depart, which is set in China and Australia.

Filming happened at a Colac motel and at the Twelve Apostles last week and at the weekend.

Colac Mid City Motor Inn proprietor Trevor Sluggett said the crew shot scenes in a room at the motel, while also booking rooms for 38 cast and crew to stay in.

Mr Sluggett said the film crew put up a temporary barrier to block sunlight from the room they filmed in.

He said crews set up on Friday, and filmed through Saturday until 10pm.

Taiwan-born actress Sylvia Chang was among the stars who filmed at the motel.

Crew members also booked accommodation at other Colac businesses, such as the Otway Gate Motel.

Mr Sluggett said he hoped the event could promote the Colac region for tourism, through exposure in the film and word-of-mouth from the crew.

“Hopefully if they’ve got friends coming to Australia they say it’s a good area to come to,” he said.

Mountains May Depart will have three parts, set in the 1990s, the present and in Australia in the year 2025.

The film is a Chinese-French co-production.

Director Zhangke’s most recent film, A Touch of Sin, won the best screenplay award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

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