Queensland film & tv studio The Steve Jaggi Company has hit the ground running in 2022, with production underway on the new holiday romance Mistletoe Ranch, across Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The feature film stars Mercy Cornwall (Dive Club) and Jordi Webber (Nomad, Power Rangers Ninja Steel) in an uplifting Christmas tale of love rediscovered. Rhiannon Bannenberg (Dive Club, Rip Tide) is directing. In Mistletoe Ranch, Mercy Cornwall plays Aimée Tremblay, a budding professional photographer who follows her boss - renowned photographer Gustav around the world. When Aimée receives a mailbag full of letters informing her that her late mother’s adored annual Christmas celebration has been cancelled, she returns to Mistletoe Ranch, left to her by her cherished mother, to find out why the party is no longer going ahead. After her mother’s passing, Aimée left her family home and her heartbroken ex-fiancé, James Hunt (Jordi Webber), on Christmas Eve and hasn’t returned for seven years. The now quiet ranch, which she discovers is encountering financial difficulties, has been left in the hands of James, who lives there with his young daughter, Juniper (Molly Wright), and retired caretaker Charlie (Charles Allen). At first, James doesn’t welcome Aimée’s arrival, but it’s not long before sparks begin to fly again between the high-school sweethearts. Director Rhiannon Bannenberg comments “I’m excited to be shooting Mistletoe Ranch here in Queensland, using movie magic to create a landscape blanketed in snow. Mistletoe Ranch is a heart-warming ode to enduring love and being true to yourself. This charming love story between two childhood sweethearts sets the stage for an authentic reconnection that many in the audience dream of.” Producer Steve Jaggi adds “After a busy 2021, it feels fantastic to be back in production on our next feature film, Mistletoe Ranch. We’ve assembled a talented cast and crew, and some beautiful equine friends to help bring this hopeful story to life.” Rounding out the cast of Mistletoe Ranch is Charles Allen (Bloody Hell), Molly Wright (Kidnapped), Andrea Moor (Heartbreak High) and Kimberley Joseph (Lost). The film is being shot across Brisbane and the Gold Coast hinterland, with cast and crew adhering to strict COVID-safe filming practices under the watchful eye of Queensland COVID specialist FilmEquip. Mistletoe Ranch is written by Claire Harris, directed by Rhiannon Bannenberg and produced by Steve Jaggi. Kylie Pascoe and Kelly Son Hing are co-producing. Athabasca Film will manage the domestic theatrical release, while international sales and distribution will be handled by Blue Fox Entertainment. Mistletoe Ranch is financed with the support of the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland, Empire Media Global and Asia Pacific Film Investment Group.
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