Queensland-made romantic comedy feature film This Little Love of Mine is currently in Netflix’s top 10 movies worldwide and holds the number one spot in the UK.
Produced by Brisbane’s The Steve Jaggi Company and supported by Screen Queensland, the film dropped on Netflix on 7 June, having premiered at the Gold Coast Film Festival in April followed by an Australian cinema release.
In This Little Love of Mine, a workaholic lawyer returns to her tropical island home to convince an old friend to take over his family’s company – but rekindled feelings soon get in the way.
Filming took place in Far North Queensland, primarily at Palm Cove, a popular coastal tourist destination 30 minutes north of Cairns.
“Filming in Far North Queensland was such a gift as it’s one of the most extraordinary places in the world with lush rainforests, tropical beaches and the Great Barrier Reef,” said director Christine Luby.
“I felt like I could point the camera in any direction and achieve beautiful shots.”
Ms Luby said she is proud that the crew of This Little Love of Mine had 50/50 gender parity on set and expressed her strong advocacy for female film practitioners.
“I think it’s important for women to create opportunities, put their hand up for things, network and put themselves out there,” she said.
“I’m also big on being a mentor, as I enjoy sharing ‘tips and tricks’ with emerging practitioners.”
On the chart-topping Netflix success, Ms Luby said she feels “incredibly lucky”.
“It’s the best result I could have hoped for, and an incredible opportunity to showcase not just my work but also beautiful Far North Queensland to the rest of the world.
“I had such a beautiful cast and crew and for their efforts to be recognised in 190 countries is an amazing opportunity!” Ms Luby said.
This Little Love of Mine was the first Queensland production to shoot under an approved COVID-safe industry workplan, filming from June 2020.