Cuba Gooding Jr in a scene from the movie Freedom.
Cuba Gooding Jr in a scene from the movie Freedom. Production One

Independent film Freedom a hit at Aussie box office

IT MAY have been filmed in America but the movie Freedom has a large backing from Australia, including the distributor.

Rod Hopping, of the Sunshine Coast company Heritage Films, is behind the distribution of the independent film, which outperformed James Cameron's independent film Deepsea Challenge 3D.

Freedom was in the Top 10 grossing films nationally this week.

"With 55 films currently in cinemas around the country this is something to celebrate and makes all the hard work from a small passionate team well worth it," Mr Hopping said.
 

 

Mr Hopping said Freedom was the ideal film for the company to be involved with.

"Freedom was a perfect match for us," he said.

"We're involved in looking to release films that are inspirational, true stories, with content that can move the human spirit.

"That's what we're on the lookout for."

He said the company was formed in 2004 on the Sunshine Coast.

"We're from and based on the Sunshine Coast," Mr Hopping said.

"We've distributed films like Amazing Grace, which is similar to the film.

"It's probably some of our best-known work."

Meanwhile, Australian director Peter Cousens has comfortably settled into the director's chair in the American film industry.

Peter Cousens working with some of the cast on the movie Freedom Photo Contributed.
Peter Cousens working with some of the cast on the movie Freedom Photo Contributed. Contributed

Freedom, which was shot in Connecticut, in the US, had Mr Cousens behind the camera as the director for the first time.

The film stars Cuba Gooding Jr and tells the story of two men who are separated by 100 years, but are united in their search for ultimate freedom

"It's a story about American history at its peak," he said.

"It's a story that resonates with everyone, whatever nationality you are, which is often the nature of American stories."