80 Proof, a film directed and produced by Jarvis Alston, was filmed on location in Gladstone and is nearing its premiere date.
80 Proof, a film directed and produced by Jarvis Alston, was filmed on location in Gladstone and is nearing its premiere date. Contributed

Action film shot in Gladstone set to premiere next month

BLOWING up cars with Molotov cocktails is all in a day's work for Jarvis Alston.

The filmmaker who grew up in Tannum Sands is set to premiere his newest film 80 Proof late next month.

Jarvis became enamoured with the world of behind the scenes at age six watching Jurassic Park, and from that moment knew his life's calling.

The action film, which Jarvis describes as a "throwback to the '70s, a little tongue-in-cheek and very cool'', will premiere in Brisbane at Hawthorne Cinemas on February 26.

Jarvis lists his proudest moment from the 20 months it took from conception to premiering the film as proving his non-believers wrong.

"There's always an abundance of people who wanna cut you down and tell you that only Spielberg can make movies," he said.

"So to prove them wrong is a good feeling."

80 Proof centres around an intriguing theme of an overbearing government attempting to reinstate prohibition of alcohol.

Main character Trevor Alston, Jarvis's brother, is a whisky distiller trying to keep his life on track, when the only profession he has ever known is suddenly outlawed.

After a six-year stint working underground in the coal mines, Jarvis found his most detested occupation and a hell of a lot of criticism.

"I never ever want to go back to that," he said. "It was always angry bosses at the coal mines who said I was wasting my time. I'm working hard at chasing my dreams and I don't have a plan B."

But, when your Plan A works, who needs a Plan B?

Jarvis is about to take off to Toronto to begin filming a psychological horror feature.

Follow Jarvis and his work on Facebook.com/8FigureProductions.

Local filmmaker Jarvis Alston.
Local filmmaker Jarvis Alston. Brenda Strong

Push on to bring 80 Proof to Gladstone

TALENTED 26-year-old filmmaker Jarvis Alston is eager to bring his film, 80 Proof, to Gladstone before March 6, but before he can, he needs to gauge the support of the local community.

Shot in Gladstone, Jarvis's first feature film is the beginning of his career, and we want to help bring the film back to its home town.

Email ebony.battersby@gladstoneobserver.com.au or call 4970 3040 if you wish to see 80 Proof, or if you believe you can help transform Gladstone into Hollywood for a night.



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