I was delighted when I saw this was to have a red carpet style event within driving distance. Chris Sun’s hometown is Nambour located in Queensland, Australia.
I scrambled to get tickets which were allocated as VIP. The event included before and after party, signed poster, champagne and most importantly the opportunity to mingle with the cast and crew.
Myself and Nathan Jones. Image by Vanessa Stewart ©
Myself and John Jarratt. Image by Vanessa Stewart ©
What’s Boar About?
In the harsh, yet beautiful Australian outback lives a beast, an animal of staggering size, with a ruthless, driving need for blood and destruction. It cares for none, defends its territory with brutal force, and kills with a raw, animalistic savagery unlike any have seen before.
The Red Carpet
Prior to the premiere, I obtained a media pass by contacting the right people at the right time. I was beyond excited and rehearsed my questions on the hour’s drive to Nambour. I found myself nestled beside news crew, photographers, and other media clicking photo’s and soaking in the atmosphere.
Image by Vanessa Stewart © In amongst the camera crews
Hayley Wright Win News talk to the crowd. Image by Vanessa Stewart ©
Crowds begin to descend upon the closed street. Image by Vanessa Stewart ©
As the sun went down and many of the extras, crew, friends, ticket holders and family wandered up the red carpet enjoying the limelight. By the time the main film’s stars began to arrive, the crowd and media were a hive of activity. Everyone was waiting for the main event which was John Jarratt arriving in a truck. A competition was held with local residents for the best 4×4 and the chosen car would carry him to the venue.
Emily Williams (Passenger). Image by Vanessa Stewart ©
Sam Coward (Matt) and Sheridyn Fisher (Sheridan)
Image by Vanessa Stewart ©
The Unveiling of the Boar
Did you know a guy drives the Boar? I didn’t. His name is Bud Beckett and I asked him a few questions. Here he is appearing at the premiere.
I’ll be following up this review with some Q&A’s with Simone Buchanan, Chris Sun, Bud Beckett, Griffin Walsh and Damien Duffy. Yes, that’s right, I actually managed to open my mouth this time. And questions, albeit quick were asked.
Simone Buchanan (Debbie) and Roger Ward (Blue). Image by Vanessa Stewart ©
Sheridyn Fisher (Sheridan) and Sam Coward (Matt). Image by Vanessa Stewart ©
Image by Vanessa Stewart ©
Me and Chris Sun
Damien Duffy (Damo)
How Was the Movie?
In the lead up to watching this, I became very aware that many thought this would be a reboot or a remake of Razorback (1984). While Razorback is somewhat of a cult favorite, this is not anything like that.
I never see movies with the masses, I always go at odd times to beat the crowds. This premiere screening sold out so I really got a dose of audience participation and reactions on this occasion. It was fantastic. With the humor infusion of both banter and purposeful Aussie jokes infused effortlessly into a horror film, Boar had not only myself but the entire theatre cracking up laughing.
This is a film that does not take itself seriously. It works. It works so well its technical flaws faded away. Sure there were a few things that annoyed me and I’ll gloss over them quickly. Some of the injuries sustained were somehow walked away from. I’m talking no limp. I won’t spoil anything, but surely those teeth did enough damage to warrant a limp. And of course, I hate it when people call out “who’s there?” and something similar happens in this.
The acting was fantastic overall though, and I connected with the characters enough to comment on Nathan Jone’s fate in the film before snapping a selfie with him at the after party. It’s rare in films with low budgets (this cost around $3 million) that I struggle to choose a favorite character. In this case, I did. Between Simone Buchanan’s excellence as a mother in anguish to Ken (John Jarratt’s) and Blue (Roger Ward) wandering pissed in the outback, I had a great time with it and took a shine to most of the cast.
But I did pick a favorite and it was Griffin Walsh who plays Bart. I later learned during the Q&A after the film, he is from Nambour and this is his début acting role. He is one to watch and I very much hope someone else offers him another go in another film very soon.
Boar is its own unique story filled with plenty of scenes featuring just enough people get mowed down by the massive beast that is Boar. I could watch Nathan Jones (Bernie) singing Caraoke over and over until I die. That was the funniest thing I have seen in a long time. I’m also a sucker for jump scares, and there were a few crackers in this.
If you want a simple story, filled with some fabulous talent, many of which Australia hasn’t seen for a while, then Boar is going to tick all your boxes.
I give Boar 3.5 Ice Ice Baby’s out of 5
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Chris Sun and the Boar. Image by Vanessa Stewart ©
Unveiling of the Boar. Image by Vanessa Stewart ©
Damien Duffy (Damo), Bud Beckett (Boar Driver) and Chris Sun. Image by Vanessa Stewart ©
Nathan Jones (Bernie) and Melissa Tkautz (Sasha). Image by Vanessa Stewart ©