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Follow in the footsteps of Jasper Jones

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

If you've seen the Jasper Jones movie, you are probably wondering where in the world you can find Corrigan, the town where the coming-of-age mystery drama plays out.

While you won't find the fictional town on any map, you can visit the place where the award-winning Craig Silvey novel was magically brought to life for the big screen.

Filmmakers spent six weeks in 2015 shooting scenes for the motion picture in the historic West Australian timber town of Pemberton, making the most of local mill houses, laneways and towering trees.

To help fans locate some of the buildings that appear in the film, the South West Development Commission has worked with stakeholders to produce a free handy guide to filming locations.

SWDC acting chief executive officer Anna Oades said people were encouraged to use the brochure to help them "follow in the footsteps of Jasper Jones".

"Pemberton shines in this movie and it's not hard to see why. It really is a special place in our wonderful region that has plenty to interest visitors," she said.

"We invite people to take the time to see where Jasper Jones was filmed and explore what the town and surrounding areas have to offer."

Directed by Rachel Perkins, the movie features a stellar cast including Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Dan Wyllie and Aaron McGrath.

It tells the story of Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14 living in a small town in Western Australia.

In the dead of night during the scorching summer of 1969, Charlie is startled when he is woken by local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones outside his window.

Jasper leads him into the forest and shows him something that will change his life forever, setting them both on a dangerous journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community.

The filming locations guide can be downloaded from here, and collected from selected visitor centres.

SWDC is part of the West Australian government and works to make the South West region an even better place to live, work and invest. Strengthening the economy and improving quality of life are key areas of focus.

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