COOGEE Beach has featured in a short film that has premiered overseas.
The local beach was selected by writer and director Alex von Hofmann and producer Kate Separovich as the location for their film TIDE, shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival earlier this month.
The 12-minute clip follows a reckless lawyer left to die at sea after he upsets the wrong people.
Ms Separovich, of Munster, said the team “spent ages” scouring the Perth coastline for a location with a jetty and pier for the shoot, not realising the perfect spot was in their own backyard.
“We did some test footage and I sent it to a friend who has sailed from the US to Australia,” she said.
“She was convinced we were miles offshore.
“As long as we filmed at a certain angle we could really achieve the look we wanted.
“Fortunately Cockburn is a really film-friendly council so it made it easy to film there.”
While the popular recreation spot offered great conditions for filming, some night shooting was done in a swimming pool.
“With all the shark attacks that happened in 2014, we were a bit too scared to get out in the water at night,” Ms Separovich said.
“The scariest part of the shoot for me was when we went out to Cockburn Sound on the boats and threw our lead actor Adam Perkins overboard and then drove the boat away. I never took my eyes off him once and could feel my heart racing until he got back into the boat.”
In a major boost for the team behind the self-funded film, TIDE was screened alongside 106 other films at the Vancouver International Film Festival earlier this month.
It was well received, validating |all the effort behind it. The film’s draft could have been left unfulfilled after it missed out on Screenwest funding.
Fortunately, the dedicated team behind it was keen to see it brought to life.
“It is really challenging making a film without funding,” Mr von Hofmann, of East Victoria Park, said.
“Everything you imagined doing with money suddenly has to be solved another way.
“It requires a trust in each other that we can all pull some magic out of the hat and make something worthwhile.
“So it’s hard, but it would be harder to let go of the film completely because the funding didn’t happen.
“We loved the script so we had to make the film, just to see it made if nothing else.”
TIDE will have its Australian premiere at the Dungog Film Festival in NSW on Friday.
For information, search TIDE – Short Film on Facebook.