He’s faced off against Mad Max and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but now cult actor Vernon Wells faces his most formidable foe yet: a seven-foot superprimate known as a Yowie, Australia’s answer to Bigfoot.
The veteran actor of Commando and The Road Warrior fame recently made a special trip to Cairns, Far North Queensland, to film his scenes for Travis Bain’s upcoming creature feature Throwback.
In the film, Wells plays John McNab, a former homicide detective who has been suspended for insubordination. The story follows two modern-day treasure hunters who run afoul of a Yowie whilst searching for lost gold in the jungles of Far North Queensland. Along the way, they encounter the slightly unhinged McNab, who mistakenly believes that a serial killer is lurking in the forest killing hikers. Shawn Brack, Anthony Ring, Melanie Serafin, Andy Bramble and Vernon Wells also star.
In these first stills from the film, McNab is seen wearing a ghillie suit, a full-body camouflage outfit favoured by snipers and hunters. Ironically, Australian soldiers refer to the ghillie suit informally as a “Yowie suit.”
“Two modern-day treasure hunters venture deep into the jungles of Far North Queensland looking for the lost gold of a legendary outlaw. But instead of riches, they find a different kind of legend: a savage monster known as a Yowie, and a battle for survival ensues. Thrown into the mix are a park ranger named Rhiannon and an ex-homicide detective named McNab.”