Local film production Mistletoe Ranch brings snow to South East Queensland

Pictured L-R: Mercy Cornwall, Jordi Webber and director Rhiannon Bannenberg on the set of Mistletoe Ranch. Photograph by David Fell.

Queensland production studio The Steve Jaggi Company kicked off in 2022 with new romance feature Mistletoe Ranch, now filming across Brisbane, the Gold Coast and surrounding areas.

The feature, directed by Rhiannon Bannenberg (Dive Club, Rip Tide) and starring Mercy Cornwall (Dive Club) and Jordi Webber (Nomad, Power Rangers Ninja Steel) is an uplifting festive tale of found love.

The film has been supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland’s Screen funding scheme and will inject around $2.6 million into the local economy and employ around 70 Queensland cast and crew.

Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich says Mistletoe Ranch is another addition to Steve Jaggi’s recent roster of work, all produced in Queensland.

“Steve Jaggi Company’s latest productions backed by Screen Queensland include the teenage mystery series Dive Club and the feature film This Little Love of Mine, both filmed in Far North Queensland and streaming on Netflix around the world. last year with chart topping views.

“Mistletoe Ranch follows The Mystery of Dolphin Bay, which filmed last year and employed 75 Queenslanders and pumped around $2.5 million into the Queensland economy.”

Centered on a group of budding teenage marine biologists, The Mystery of Dolphin Bay was filmed in locations across South East Queensland including Pullenvale, Coolangatta, Froggy Beach, Snapper Rocks and Mount Tamborine’s Glow Worm Caves.

Director Rhiannon Bannenberg said: “I am thrilled to shoot Mistletoe Ranch here in Queensland, using cinematic magic to create a snow-covered landscape.

“Mistletoe Ranch is a heartwarming ode to enduring love and trueness to self. This charming love story between two childhood sweethearts sets the stage for the authentic reconnection that many viewers dream of,” it said. she declared.

Producer Steve Jaggi added, “After a busy 2021, it’s fantastic to be back in production on our next feature, Mistletoe Ranch.”

“We’ve assembled a talented cast and crew, along with some lovely equine friends to help bring this hopeful story to life.”

In Mistletoe Ranch, Mercy Cornwall plays Aimée Tremblay, an aspiring professional photographer who follows her boss, renowned photographer Gustav around the world. When Aimée receives a mailbag full of letters informing her that her late mother’s beloved annual Christmas party has been canceled, she returns to the Mistletoe Ranch, left behind by her beloved mother, to find out why the party is no longer taking place. After the death of her mother, Aimée left the family home and her heartbroken ex-fiancé, James Hunt (Jordi Webber), on Christmas Eve and has not returned for seven years. The now-quiet ranch, which she discovers is in financial difficulty, has been left in the hands of James, who lives there with his young daughter, Juniper (Molly Wright), and retired caretaker Charlie (Charles Allen) . At first, James doesn’t appreciate Aimee’s arrival, but it’s not long before sparks begin to fly between the high school sweethearts again.

Charles Allen (Bloody Hell), Molly Wright (Kidnapped), Andrea Moor (Heartbreak High) and Kimberley Joseph (Lost) complete the Mistletoe Ranch cast. The film is being shot across Brisbane and the Gold Coast Hinterland, with cast and crew adhering to strict COVID safe filming practices.

Mistletoe Ranch is written by Claire Harris, directed by Rhiannon Bannenberg and produced by Steve Jaggi. Kylie Pascoe and Kelly Son Hing are co-producing. Athabasca Film will handle the domestic theatrical release, while international sales and distribution will be handled by Blue Fox Entertainment. Mistletoe Ranch is funded with support from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland, Empire Media Global and Asia Pacific Film Investment Group.

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Gladys T. Hensley