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Filming has commenced on the latest feature film aimed at tweens from The Steve Jaggi Company, The Mystery of Dolphin Bay, with US actor Izabela Rose (Upside-Down Magic, Secrets of Sulphur Springs) starring in the lead role. The film is shooting in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast and is written by Jacob Stock. Christine Luby (This Little Love of Mine, Dive Club) is directing.

The Mystery of Dolphin Bay follows 15-year old Quinn Perkins (Izabela Rose), who is ecstatic to be spending the summer working as an intern with her best friend Daniela (Ella Proberts) and marine biologist father Charlie (Rowan Chapman). The besties haven’t seen each other since Daniela moved to Dolphin Bay, Australia, where her father Charlie inherited a research centre. When Quinn arrives, she is surprised to learn that there are other interns joining them – Daniela’s new best friend Jennifer (Allegra Teo), and the adventurer wannabe Teddy (Jayden McGinlay).

Quinn is thrilled to be researching the reef’s unnatural shift in biodiversity, but things feel different between Quinn and Daniela, and it’s not long before Quinn agrees to join Teddy on a treasure hunt as a distraction. Mysterious events start to occur, and the teens assume that they are being haunted by local legend Everly Fallow. After receiving Everly’s journal from his daughter, the teens discover a treasure map and must work to uncover the truth about the mysterious Everly Fallow and what or who, is responsible for the problems on the reef.

Izabela Rose comments “I’m excited to be out of quarantine, and filming here in Queensland. I can relate to my character having to fly to the other side of the world for a new adventure, and I can’t wait to see what the next few weeks has in store for me.”

Director Christine Luby comments “With themes of environmentalism, friendship and mystery, the scene is set for this wonder-filled story set here in Australia. For me, it’s the spirit of independence that drives the story along. The ways in which our young characters rely on their instincts and never give up, is a great message for audiences, and I’m thrilled to be working on this project.”

Producer Steve Jaggi comments “It’s fantastic to be back here in South East Queensland shooting our next feature film. The Gold Coast is the perfect location to create our fictional Dolphin Bay setting, and the region has everything on offer that we could need for the shoot. We’ve assembled a talented young cast led by Izabela Rose, and I’m looking forward to seeing our cast and crew bring this intriguing story to life.”

The Mystery of Dolphin Bay is produced by Steve Jaggi and Kelly Son Hing, with Kylie Pascoe co-producing. Executive Producers are Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew for MarVista Entertainment and Lee Matthews. Athabasca Film will manage the domestic theatrical release, while international sales and distribution will be handled by MarVista Entertainment out of Los Angeles, California. The Mystery of Dolphin Bay is financed with the assistance of Different Films and Asia Pacific Film Investment Group, with the support of Screen Queensland.

An ambitious young lawyer returns back to the island paradise she used to call home in a bid to talk her childhood friend into signing a document that he doesn’t want to sign.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 22nd April 2021 (Australia)

VOD Release Dates: Available now in all regions.

Country: Australia

Director: Christine Luby

Screenwriter: Georgia Harrison

Cast: Lennox Broadley (Young Chip), Lynn Gilmartin (Gem), Saskia Hampele (Laura), Craig Horner (Owen), Monette Lee (Fiona), Liam McIntyre (Chip), Tiriel Mora (Mr. Bailey), Lawrence Ola (Karavi), Martin Portus (Graham), Jessi Robertson (Young Laura), Sophie Tilson (Olivia), Rajen Velu (Theodore), Sarah Woods (Mrs. Bailey)

Running Time: 91 mins

Classification: G (Australia), .U (UK), TV-13 (USA)


David Griffiths’ This Little Love Of Mine Review:

When you think of Australian cinema and films you think of cult classics. Even over the past few years the Australian films that have made their way to Phuket have been horror films like Black Water: Abyss and Blood Relic. Even when you think of the great Australian film directors of the past decade you think of people such as George Miller (Mad Max), James Wan (Saw) and Leigh Whannell (The Invisible Man). Even the great Quentin Tarantino is quick to admit that Australia has some of the finest cult film-makers in the world.

What Australia hasn’t become known for over the years are great romance films – in fact it is hard to name too many good ones – although that may change with director Christine Luby’s (Dive Club) brand new romantic feature This Little Love Of Mine.

Written by Georgia Harrison (Rip Tide) and filmed in the Australian state of Queensland This Little Love Of Mine centres around an ambitious young lawyer named Laura (Saskia Hampele – A Few Less Men) whose chance of becoming a partner at the prestigious American law firm she works at hinges on her travelling back to the island paradise that she grew up on and convince her childhood friend Chip (Liam McIntyre – The Legend Of Hercules) to agree to take over the business empire set up by his Grandfather.

The catch is though Chip is not interested in the position. He is more than happy working as a tour boat operator alongside another childhood friend of Laura’s, Gem (Lynn Gilmartin – How Do You Know Chris?), and he has no interest at all in becoming a business owner despite the wealth that it would bring him.

Most people will predict the territory that This Little Love Of Mine will head into from a very early point in the film – but the joy of this film lays in the journey that it takes to get there… and of the the course the beautiful surrounds. Yes, while the film’s plot doesn’t exactly say where the island is that Chip, Laura and Gem call home the film does almost serve as a tourism ad for Queensland and Australia.

Harrison’s screenplay never tries to make this film anything that it isn’t. Any hints of comedy that do shine through are natural and not over-written and much of that comes to rest on Gem and another resort worker – Karavi (Lawrence Ola – Cloudy River). That works well not only because Ola quickly reveals that he has great comedic timing but because it allows the ‘friendship/relationship’ between Laura and Chip to flow along nicely.

The plot of the film also allows for a decent exploration into whether wealth is more important than happiness. For much of this movie Laura spends her time trying to convince Chip what he could do with his newfound wealth while he tries to explain that he has happy and he tries to convince and show her that while she might be successful with her career she is far from happy – especially with her fiancé Owen (Craig Horner – See No Evil). The moral that ‘home is where the heart is’ often raises its head throughout the film as well.

Once again as a screenwriter Harrison never over-writes anything and instead puts incredible emotion into the film. The scenes between Laura and Chip have real heart to them as they explore their past friendship, but often Harrison also has the sense to infuse these scenes with suspense as well as the audience is left wondering whose dream is going to come true and whose is going to be left shattered.

Credit also has to be made to Liam McIntyre and Saskia Hampele who are amazing in their roles. Both seem to be able to mix drama and comedy well and it is easy to see that McIntyre could easily become a Hollywood leading man while Hampele is a star in the making as well. With a postcard perfect setting and a storyline that is well and truly above what we normally expect to see in a romance film This Little Love Of Mine is an Australian film that deserves to be a world stage. This is certainly one of the surprises of 2021.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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The Steve Jaggi Company and Incendo have commenced production on the romantic comedy You, Me and the Penguins. This feature film stars Australian actor Tammin Sursok (Pretty Little Liars, Rules of Engagement, Crossing Over), Jason Wilder (Kidnapped, Great White, We Were Tomorrow) and Madeleine West (Neighbours, Playing for Keeps).  Written by Annelies Kavan and welcoming the talent of director Christine Luby (This Little Love of Mine, Dive Club), the film is being shot on location across Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Steve Jaggi, Spencer McLaren and Ian Whitehead, will produce the film; Graham Ludlow is Supervising Producer; Executive Producers are Steve Jaggi, Jean Bureau and Ian Whitehead.

You, Me and the Penguins – Tilly Monterey (Tammin Sursok) works a desk job as the Compliance and Outreach Manager at the Animal Discovery Institute in San Diego. When the Crystal Bay Penguin Sanctuary is threatened with closure and its colony of Little Blue penguins is scheduled to be relocated 2,500km away, Tilly’s dream to work in the field is realised. Accompanied by her sister and mother of three Gemma (Madeleine West), Tilly heads to Crystal Bay… Australia. Arriving at the centre, Tilly is met by the welcoming General Manager Kyle (Stuart Lumsden) and his husband Parker (Nick Hardcastle), alongside Head Zoologist Fletcher (Jason Wilder). Preferring penguins to people, Fletcher begrudgingly welcomes Tilly’s arrival and the two rarely see eye to eye. With only a week to turn the sanctuary around, the group must band together to gather donations, gain funding, and generate interest in the scientific community. As Fletcher teaches Tilly more about the sanctuary’s needs and the Little Blue penguins that they house, his belief in people, and even love, is reignited by the bubbly and intelligent Tilly. Meanwhile, Tilly realises she has never felt more at home than with pragmatic and practical Fletcher. With the sanctuary saved, a dream job in Alaska now on offer and Gemma keen to return to her family, Tilly must decide between leaving Crystal Bay, or staying with Fletcher and the Little Blue penguins he loves so much.

Tammin Sursok has recently returned to Australia from the US, and comments “I’m thrilled to be back here in Australia with my family to film. I was really attracted to this positive and inspiring story, and I can’t wait to get underway with the shoot.”

Director Christine Luby adds “I’ve chosen this project as my second feature because of the smart and capable protagonist we have in Tilly, and her determination to create community and a sense of belonging. We need more stories with female leads with agency and I find that Tilly is an inspiration to us all. Creating the town of Crystal Bay with its adorable Little Blue penguins and small town vibes has been so much fun.”

You, Me and the Penguins
 is the latest feature film in the romance genre from The Steve Jaggi Company, having recently wrapped Love In Bloom, also shot in Brisbane. You, Me and the Penguins will be distributed in Australia by Pivot Pictures. Internationally, the film will be titled Love and Penguins.