Cafe features in film before demolition

Rous Head Cafe owner Geoff Fletcher and his daughter Cassy with burgers made for the film.
Rous Head Cafe owner Geoff Fletcher and his daughter Cassy with burgers made for the film.

The caf� 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.

It was recently used in the upcoming feature production Son of a Gun, starring acclaimed Scottish actor Ewan McGregor in the lead role.

However, in 10 weeks’ time, 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.

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 but he 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 carpark but never a Hollywood film.’

Mr Fletcher’s daughter Cassy, from Floreat, starred in the film as an extra, taking on her real-life role as a cafe employee.

The pair was excited to prepare 24 beef burgers for multiple takes of one shot in the film where the actors ” including McGregor ” took a bite of the food bought and made at Rous Head.

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.

Filming locations in Perth include Casuarina Prison, Sunset Hospital in Dalkeith, Bracks Street in Fremantle and a Peppermint Grove mansion.