Australia’s first inland city, Goulburn, will once again feature on the silver screen in a new horror slasher film entitled Alice, currently in production in the ACT and Goulburn region.
Standing in for the fictional 1980s town of ‘Alexandria,’ the film will capture some of Goulburn’s best sites including Belmore Park, Auburn St, Park Rd and Marsden Weir, with some filmmaking magic used to help turn back the clock to 1987.
Filming began on the production back in December with filming blocks scheduled over the next 6 months to capture the changing seasons of the Southern tablelands. The latest filming block that wrapped earlier this week saw a well-known Residence on Church St become a haunted mansion.
Alice will tell the story of a teenage girl who works to uncover the truth behind her best friend’s death, only to find herself caught between a dangerous group of elite schoolboys and a vengeful supernatural monster. It is a unique take on the classic 1980s slasher movies, exploring themes of friendship and family in a not so quiet country town. “It is not the first time a modern film has taken the established 1980s slasher tropes and looked to reinvent them,” says scriptwriter Russell Lee, “We’ve worked to craft a familiar 1980s horror setting with our own twist on the genre. There will be your expected movie blood, teen house parties and running through the forest from greater threats. But I’ve also found inspiration from other more modern high school set films and TV shows like Veronica Mars and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
The film is being directed by award-winning filmmaker Dan Sanguineti, and is being produced by his Canberra based Sanguineti Media Pictures and Goulburn based What’s On Media Australia, who both previously partnered on producing ACT Government supported zombie comedy horror Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse (2015).
Despite in 2007 receiving a co-director credit on his student feature A Touch of Courage, this new film will stand as Sanguineti’s official feature film directorial debut.
“The horror genre has apparently become my comfort zone, with Alice being the 4th feature length film I’ve produced in this genre. I am incredibly excited to bring our film project to Goulburn and partner with local talent” says Sanguineti. “Casting Goulburn local and newcomer, Emma Peden into the lead role was a result of researching and exploring a range of Southern Tablelands talent. While viewing her showreel for the first time, which she made while attending the Screenwise Acting School in Sydney, I was convinced she was the perfect lead to our film. And she has already proven her incredible screen presence since filming began, back in December. She is kind, down to earth and a talented performer, and will stand out as a hidden gem of Canberra and Goulburn.”
The film’s expected release date will be Friday 13th, November 2020, with the aim of a regional cinema tour before heading onto streaming services.
Alice is a feature length horror film being produced by Dan Sanguineti, Michael J Watson and April Watson, and is written by Russell Lee. The film is directed by Dan Sanguineti and stars Emma Peden, Emily De Margheriti, Yarno Rohling, Shanie-lee Smith, Mike Wheeler, Alex Jackson, Jacob Kilner, and Shuan Steinbronn. The Director of Photography is Aaron King with Production Design by John Silverstro and Gerry Satrapa, and Costume Design by Victoria Hopkins.
Goulburn locals interested in supporting the film, either to appear as an extra in an upcoming shoot or a business looking to assist the production can contact Producer April Watson via email: firstname.lastname@example.org