Col propositioned by film-makers
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
WHEN a movie producer visited Col Buckland with a $48,000 proposition last year, it was too good to pass up.
The owner of Mullumbimby's Cedar House Antiques was handed a $48,000 cheque for a stack of his furniture to be used on the set of the Australian film, The Proposition, which hit the big screen this week.
However, the cheque was simply the bond.
"They gave me the cheque in case anything happened to the furniture, because that is how much it was all worth," he said.
"There was a bit of damage done to some of it, so it was very good of them to give me the cheque."
Col's furniture, including a grandfather clock from the 1790s and a dining table from 1870, was used to deck out the main home featured in the film, shot in Winton, Queensland, and set in the 1880s.
He is not quite sure how the film-makers found him, but it came as no surprise.
"This woman arrived at the shop one day and said she was interested in taking some of the pieces for a movie," he said.
"It's not the first time it's happened. We had some of our furniture in the Crocodile Dundee movies as well."
Col said the price of the furniture would not increase because it had been on screen, but it did give the pieces added historical value.
"They have an extra story behind them now," he said.
The Proposition is rated MA15+ and starts screening at Byron Bay's Dendy Cinema this Thursday, Lismore's Birch Carroll & Coyle on December 8 and Ballina Fair Cinema at a later date.