SUCCESS for Matthew Wilkinson’s movie The Nullarbor Nymph continues to grow following it’s big premiere showing at the Hoyts Theatre at Fox Studios in Sydney on May 22.
Attention for the movie grew after it was discovered by co-host of Merrick and The Highway Patrol on Triple M Jules Schiller after reading about it in the West Coast Sentinel.
Jules said he was intrigued upon reading about it and felt it had the potential to become a cult classic.
“After reading about the movie in the Sentinel, I googled the movie and saw the trailer, I contacted Matthew Wilkinson about sending a copy of the film,” he said.
“It was a fun movie, the camera and sound work was excellent and because there was an underdog story behind the making of this movie, people should enjoy it even more.”
Matthew Wilkinson said he couldn’t believe it at first when Jules requested a copy of the film.
“When Jules rang me I actually didn’t believe him when he said he wanted to see the film, I thought someone was playing a joke on me,” he said.
“I owe a lot to him for discovering the film though, I know that much.”
The premiere was planned to give the film and the makers the big premiere they felt the film deserved.
Triple M has been advertising the film on air since May 9 and has had many people from the film, including local ‘actor’ Ron Redford to talk about the film and Ceduna.
Jules said they wanted this premiere to be a big deal.
“We tried to do it like a Hollywood premiere, we had sent invitations to local celebrities and important community members to attend,” he said.
“A lot of people have been contacting us to watch this movie in other cities, so hopefully Matt (Wilkinson) can take it from here and get it shown in other cities.”
The film has also been receiving good reviews from reviewers including Jonathon Coleman, Leigh Paatsch and Andrew Mercado.
The National Film and Sound Archives in Canberra have also requested the film for their collection.
The nymph herself, Jessica Sterling even received an invitation to go to the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.
Matt Wilkinson said he never knew his film would get this recognition.
“I never knew this tiny film would go so far, we had a limited budget, basically no crew and the majority of actors are not real actors,” he said.
“The companies who helped out with the film during it's production include Highway One, Ceduna Steel Fabrication, Ceduna Bulk Hauliers, Thevenard Football Club, Kalari, Wilkinson Plumbing Services and also thanks to the Ceduna Pharmacy for giving us the Ceduna's premiere red carpet on the night and selling tickets.”
“I also want to thank Loranne Retsas of Alert Cleaning for giving me the position of cleaning the Ceduna Area School which most of the pay cheques went to financing the film.”
What the critics said about The Nullarbor Nymph
“Move over Priscilla, there is a new Queen of the Desert…” – Leigh Paatsch from News Limited.
“Four Great Big Australian Hunky Stars!” – Jonathon Coleman from Weekend Sunrise.
“I love the Nullarbor Nymph because it’s different, it’s not like every other Australian film out there…” – Andrew Mercado from Foxtel Film Reviewer.
“It’s a cross between Homer’s Odyssey and Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures.” – Santos Cilauro, co-writer of the Castle, member of the D Generation.