The cafe, which is on the corner of Rous Head Road and North Mole Drive, has long been an essential pit stop for shipyard workers and fishermen in the area, and was recently filmed for the upcoming feature production Son of a Gun starring acclaimed Scottish actor Ewan McGregor in the lead role.
In 10 weeks’ time, however, the Fremantle Port Authority will demolish the cafe, which has stood for almost a quarter of a century, to make way for a roundabout as part of the area’s redevelopment.
Applecross resident Geoff Fletcher, who has owned the cafe for the past 11 years, said appearing in the film seemed like a fitting end to the place and was surprised when location scouts chose it for the film.
‘I told them if you want to film you’ll have to get in quick because it will be gone in a few months,’ he said. ‘I’ve had people make short films in the car park but never a Hollywood film.’
Mr Fletcher’s daughter Cassy, from Floreat, appeared in the film as an extra, taking on her real-life role as the cafe’s employee.
The pair were excited to prepare 24 beef burgers for multiple takes of one shot in the film where the actors ” including McGregor ” took a bite.
Son of a Gun is Claremont School of Art graduate Julius Avery’s first full-length feature film about a small-time thief who is taken under the wing of an experienced armed robber.