Cameras roll on This Little Love of Mine in Far North Queensland

June 30, 2020

Production on romantic feature film This Little Love of Mine has kicked off this week in Cairns, Far North Queensland. The film sees Australian actors Saskia Hampele (The Heights) and Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: Vengeance) stepping in to the lead roles, starring as two childhood friends who reconnect in unexpected circumstances on the tropical island of Sapphire Cove, where they grew up.
Christine Luby Liam McIntyre Saskia Hampele on set of This Little Love of Mine_ Photo credit David Fell

Cameras roll on This Little Love of Mine in Far North Queensland

Production on romantic feature film This Little Love of Mine has kicked off this week in Cairns, Far North Queensland. The film sees Australian actors Saskia Hampele (The Heights) and Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: Vengeance) stepping in to the lead roles, starring as two childhood friends who reconnect in unexpected circumstances on the tropical island of Sapphire Cove, where they grew up.

This Little Love of Mine is the first Queensland feature film to go into production since the global COVID-19 pandemic, as announced by Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade, The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk. The cast and crew are adhering to strict COVID-safe filming practices, and following guidelines set by the Queensland Government.

The story follows Laura (Saskia Hampele), a successful San Francisco city lawyer on the cusp of promotion – a far cry from her childhood growing up on a tropical island with best friends Chip (Liam McIntyre) and Gem (Lynn Gilmartin). When the firm’s biggest client – Chip’s grandfather (Martin Portus) – asks Laura to travel to the island and deliver a contract to make Chip his heir, she leaves behind her practice and fiancé Owen to convince her childhood friend to sign a contract that will make him a billionaire… and Laura a partner in the firm. Upon arrival on the island, the chemistry between Laura and Chip is immediate, leaving her questioning where it is, she truly belongs.

The cast is rounded out by Tiriel Mora, Sarah Woods, Lawrence Ola and Monette Lee.

Saskia Hampele comments “I’m very grateful to be back on set after a difficult few months for the film industry. The team here have created a “COVID-free bubble” so that we can feel comfortable that we’re working in a safe environment, and there is a positive vibe amongst the cast and crew about bringing a feel-good film to life during what has started off as a very challenging year.”

Director Christine Luby adds “I’ve always loved rom-coms and couldn’t be happier that my first film is in this genre. I’ve been in the Cairns region for several weeks now and am so pleased about the range of incredible locations we’ve found to set our film in. The natural beauty of this area provides the perfect framework for our story of two childhood friends reconnecting. I’m supported by an amazing cast and crew and feel incredibly lucky to be making a film during these turbulent times.”

The film is written by Georgia Harrison (Rip Tide), directed by Christine Luby and produced by Kelly Son Hing, Spencer McLaren and Steve Jaggi, with Kylie Pascoe co-producing. This Little Love of Mine is supported by The Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and will be released in cinemas in 2021. U.S based Nicely Entertainment are handling international sales.

ABOUT THE FILM:

Laura is a successful San Francisco city lawyer on the cusp of promotion – a far cry from her childhood growing up on a tropical island with best friends Chip and Gem. When the firm’s biggest client – Chip’s grandfather – asks Laura to travel to the island and deliver a contract to make Chip his heir, she leaves behind her practice and fiancé Owen to convince her childhood friend to sign a contract that will make him a billionaire… and Laura a partner in the firm. Upon arrival on the island, the chemistry between Laura and Chip is immediate, leaving her questioning where it is, she truly belongs.

BIOS:

Saskia Hampele

Currently seen in her second season as series regular Renee on critically acclaimed, ABC/Matchbox series The Heights.  This followed on from ARCLIGHT’S feature A Few Less Men released across Australia/UK/Europe. Saskia is also known for her role as series regular Georgia (400 eps) on Neighbours. Feature credits include Australian award-winning feature Blame, the SYFY Universal film Arctic Blast and Lionsgate’s 6 Plots. 

Liam McIntyre

Liam McIntyre made his American television acting debut as the title character in the Starz record breaking series, Spartacus: Vengeance. Liam starred as ‘Spartacus,’ the iconic Thracian warrior who led a slave revolt against the Roman Empire. The cast featured Lucy Lawless, John Hannah and Peter Mensah, and the series was seen in over 50 countries around the world.  Since Spartacus, Liam has had an extensive career spanning TV, film and voice. He has starred opposite Sir Ben Kingsley and Antonio Banderas in Security and Harvey Keitel in See You Soon. Other screen credits include the hit CW show The Flash, the comedy hit Con Man, the upcoming horror THEM: Covenant on Amazon, Gears of War 4, Gears 5, Jedi: Fallen Order, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Resistance. He has also voiced a range of Family Guy characters. Australian television credits include Channel 7’s The Killing Fields opposite Rebecca Gibney, Pulse with Owen Teale and Susie Porter on the ABC, as well as the highly awarded Australian comedy series, The Wizards of Aus.

Christine Luby – Director

An accomplished Assistant Director, Christine has worked on numerous feature films, TV series’ and TV commercials in the US, UK and Australia. Originally from New Hampshire in the US, Christine relocated to Australia in 2010 after living in London for 10 years, and is now based out of Brisbane. Previous credits include The Wolverine, Peter Rabbit and Aquaman, as well as numerous Australian television shows. This Little Love of Mine is Christine’s directorial debut.

ABOUT THE STEVE JAGGI COMPANY

Based in Brisbane, The Steve Jaggi Company (SJc) produces feature films and series content for the global market. Recent feature films have been acquired by Netflix, Disney Channel and MarVista Entertainment. As the global demand for content continues to increase, the company has developed a unique and sustainable business model unrivalled in the Australian film industry that brings together production, post and distribution into a single vertically integrated production pipeline.

Photo credit David Fell. Christine Luby Liam McIntyre Saskia Hampele on set of This Little Love of Mine.