Stanley on the big screen

An Australian release date of Thursday November 3 has been set for The Light Between Oceans movie, which saw Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander on set in Stanley in November 2014. (Below) Rachel Weisz during filming. Photos courtesy of Entertainment One Films Australia.

Release. Locals have been waiting years, precisely two, to see The Light Between Oceans following filming of parts of the movie in Stanley in November 2014.

Now, they will wait no more with the release date for Australian cinemas set for Thursday November 3.

Some locals were treated to a ‘Cast and Crew’ screening last Thursday evening (September 22) but were asked to keep quiet about the movie before its official release.

Stanley Chamber of Commerce chairman Bernard Atkins was one of those people.

“My suggestion would be [for others] before they go and see the movie, they’ve got a month or more, to read the book.

“It gets you excited and it definitely won’t let you down, you really will appreciate it.”

Photos of the town during filming will be displayed across Stanley before the official opening in cinemas; a project of the Chamber and Circular Head Tourism Association with support from Circular Head Council.

“We’re all just waiting for the release!” Mr Atkins said.

“It’s going to be fantastic, it’s going to mean a lot for Stanley [and also] the whole north-west coast.

“It couldn’t have come out at a better time . . . Be prepared for a great, great tourism season.”

Burnie Metro Cinema general manager John Spilsbury said there were about 140 people in attendance for last Thursday’s special screening.

“The movie certainly does highlight Stanley and commence [with] scenes from Stanley,” he said.

“There were a few people in the audience who saw themselves and also others who appeared in the credits for the movie after.

“I am sure from the reaction on the night and enquiries we have been receiving that there will be plenty of interest from the local people and those who were part of the movie.”

For those who were not amongst the cast and crew to attend the screening, here is the official synopsis: From acclaimed director Derek Cianfrance, (Blue Valentine, A Place Beyond the Pines), and based on the best-selling novel from M.L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans is a beautiful yet heartbreaking story of love and sacrifice.

Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia.

The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and wife Isabel (Alicia Vikander) live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world. That is until one April morning, when they rescue an abandoned baby from an adrift rowboat. Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day.

The film was released in America earlier this month. Online reviews on Rotten Tomatoes showed the site’s official critics have rated the movie 59 per cent, while audience members have given the movie a positive average rating of 68 per cent.

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