Filming begins on Vietnam War film near Kingaroy
FILMING has officially begun on the Vietnam War film Danger Close.
The shoot began yesterday on a paulownia plantation at Wooroolin, near Kingaroy.
The film focusses on Major Harry Smith, his 108-strong company and how for three and a half hours on August 18, 1966 they were able to hold off 2500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers during the Battle of Long Tan.
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Vikings star Travis Fimmel stars as Major Smith.
The film's director, Kriv Stenders, took to Instagram on March 14 to say the shoot would last for about 41 days.
The screenplay was written by Stuart Beattie, based on a story by James Nicholas, Jack Brislee, Karel Segers and Paul Sullivan.
Mr Fimmel and the film's crew recently attended Anzac Day services in Wooroolin.
The film's producer Martin Walsh recently told the South Burnett Times Mr Fimmel was the right choice to play Major Smith.
"He is such a brilliant actor, he's got a quiet fierceness," he said.
"Take Travis's King Ragnar Lothbrok character, (from Vikings); when he needed to be fierce he was fierce but when he needed to be content and diplomatic and professional he can do that too."
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the movie in February.
"I've just announced that Danger Close - set in Vietnam and about the Battle of Long Tan - will be filmed in Queensland this year. Kingaroy and Nerang will be the key filming locations and Aussie Travis Fimmel will feature," she said at the time.
"As Queenslanders pause to reflect on the sacrifices of our soldiers over the past century, a film crew will be capturing their very personal stories of courage, honour, mateship and loss," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"I was moved to hear that (film producer) Martin (Walsh), himself a former Australian Special Forces commando, is planning a major Anzac Day event during the shoot, bringing Long Tan veterans, cast, crew and locals together for a special memorial service."
The Premier said the production would employ about 120 local crew members and have about 30 local cast roles.