WHEN Chinchilla's Richard Davis got news his actor sister, Essie Davis, would be starring in a new horror flick, he was sure his local cinema would miss the screening.
Despite visiting the Chinchilla Cinema frequently with his daughters and being impressed by its diverse range of movies, he thought the chances were "slim to none" that it would show the low-budget Australian film The Babadook.
But cinema manager Joanna Bender put in the calls and surprised Mr Davis with a one-time-only screening next week just so he could see his sister on the silver screen.
Chinchilla Cinema will be the only rural Queensland movie-house to screen the film.
"I couldn't believe it when Jo told me the movie would play here," Mr Davis said.
"I would have happily booked out the entire cinema just to see it, so to have it fit into the schedule for anyone to come along and watch was a dream result."
Mr Davis said he was so determined to see his sister in the movie's lead role that he had considered an overnight trip to Brisbane just to watch it.
Mrs Bender said she was extremely proud to bring the movie to town and hoped it hooked more locals into making regular trips to the cinema.
As for what movie-goers can expect from The Babadook, Mr Davis said his sister had called their parents especially with a plot breakdown "just so they wouldn't have a heart attack in the cinema".
The psychological thriller, rated M, will screen at Chinchilla Cinema on Tuesday at 7.30pm.
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