Rough Stuff crew returns to where it all began

ACTION: Australian 4WD movie Rough Stuff director Jonathan Adams, producer Kelly Tomasich and crew Nicole Johnschwager. Picture: supplied.

ACTION: Australian 4WD movie Rough Stuff director Jonathan Adams, producer Kelly Tomasich and crew Nicole Johnschwager. Picture: supplied.

Jonathan Adams will fulfill a childhood dream when his 4WD action adventure movie Rough Stuff screens for one-night-only at Macarthur Square tomorrow.

Writer/director Adams lived in the Macarthur region for 27 years and said it will be surreal to see people watch his debut feature at the same cinema where he fell in love with blockbuster action movies like Stars Wars and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

“It’s made it real,” Mr Adams said.

Rough Stuff tells the story of an activist group, treasure-seeking Rovers and their modified four-wheel drives on an expedition through the Australian Outback.

Rough Stuff teaser trailer

Tensions rise along the way, creating action that “we haven’t seen on screen” says Mr Adams.

“It’s like Indiana Jones meets The Castle,” he said.

“I also wanted to make something uniquely Australian, something that takes advantage of how exotic this country really is.”

The director, who said he grew up in 4WD drive-mad family, knew of the perfect place to film – Wedderburn.

“I needed somewhere to double as the Outback.

“The area was secluded and that gave us a lot of control. We had a lot of help at Wedderburn Hangar.”

Campbelltown was one of seven cities chosen for a series of pre-release screenings ahead of the national release of the movie next year.

Mr Adams will not be the only crew member returning to where it all began with producer Kelly Tomasich and production designer Andrew Boland set to return to their hometown. 

The trio and other key cast members will host a question and answer session for the audience following the screening.

Mr Adams said it was important for the crew to inspire young people in the region.

“We are trying to get the word out and reach kids growing up in Campbelltown,” he said.

“It is a very Australian movie and it’s been well received [at previous stops].”

Rough Stuff screens at Event Cinemas, Macarthur Square Shopping Centre from 7.30pm. 

Tickets cost $23 and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com.au.