Actors Clive Owen and Nicholas McAnulty in scene from film The Boys Are Back, filmed at 490 Sampson Rd, Myponga Beach
WHEN shooting wraps, film crews often leave behind a mess of tyre marks and dead grass. But in Rob and Heather Thompson’s case, they left a house.
If the couple’s 490 Sampson Rd, Myponga Beach property looks familiar, it could be because it was featured in the 2009 Scott Hicks film The Boys Are Back, starring Hollywood superstar Clive Owen.
The home featured in the Scott Hicks film The Boys Are Back is on the market. Heather and Rob Thompson in the front of the home built for the movie. (AAP Image/Dean Martin)
“We came home one night and there was a piece of paper on our doorstep saying they were making a feature film in the area and asking if were we interested,” Mr Thompson said.
“So we contacted them and within a week the director Scott Hicks, the producer and the cinematographer came down in a minibus to check the place out. Next minute they pointed to a spot and asked ‘can we build a house here?’ and I was thinking ‘well that’s where I have my bonfire!’.”
The Thompsons agreed and the property was soon a hive of activity, with workers busily erecting a beautiful Queenslander-style home.
Cast and crew on location at the house.
“The builder was building it and looking at the plans and he said to me, ‘you’ll want to keep this one’,” Mr Thompson said.
“They built it as a temporary structure and then we had to get a planner in to convert it from a temporary structure to a permanent structure, but we got it through council as a tourism venture and got to keep it. It was really well constructed and over-engineered to take the weight of fully soaked astroturf over the entire roof, so that if it rained it wouldn’t affect the sound recording. I said, ‘we’re in a rain shadow, it hardly ever rains here’, but they did it anyway because they filmed all the interior stuff here, so they couldn’t take the chance.
490 Sampson Road, Myponga Beach. Supplied by Harcourts Wine Coast
“They also sprayed some rust-coloured paint on the roof to age it, they painted the under side of the veranda with spray-on dirt so it looks like dust, and they dulled down some of the interior surfaces with Vegemite. It’s all trickery.
“The groundskeeper said ‘in this industry, if they want a horse, they’ll dress a cow’.”
The property has a three-bedroom homestead, and the Thompsons have hired out the four-bedroom home built for the movie as B&B Brooklyn Farm for the past six years.
Director Scott Hicks and actor Clive Owen on set for the making of film The Boys are Back.
“We’ve kept the home pretty much as it appeared in the film,” Mr Thompson said.
“We have the DVD in the house and guests have watched it, looked around confused and then realised ‘my God, that’s here!’. We’ve had lots of visitors from overseas and interstate, and we also do weddings – we’ve got one here this weekend.”
Mr Thompson said the experience was incredible, and he and his wife both love the film.
“Clive Owen kissed my wife on both cheeks,” Mr Thompson laughed. “Both he and Scott were great to deal with and the entire film crew were fantastic.
The home featured in the Scott Hicks film The Boys Are Back is on the market. Heather and Rob Thompson in the home built for the movie. (AAP Image/Dean Martin)
“A few of the crew have been back and stayed here.
“I think it’s a great movie, with a really good story.”
With Mr and Mrs Thompson both in their 60s, the time has come to downsize.
“It’s great having that connection to the film and it will be very sad to leave it, but we want to travel and be closer to our grandchildren.”
Mr Thompson said they’d never slept in the B&B but will before they leave it.
“Heather always says she doesn’t want to sleep where she works,” he said.
Actors Clive Owen and Nicholas McAnulty in scene from film “The Boys Are Back”.
“It’s a beautiful property, and it would be great for someone looking for a relaxed lifestyle and looking to run it as a B&B or a wedding venue.”
The home is for sale without a price guide, through Harcourts Wine Coast.
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