How an Aussie photographer’s humble $115 print of the 12 Apostles ended up on a Netflix blockbuster starring Rebel Wilson
- Melbourne photographer Peter Yan, 36, has work featured in Rebel Wilson film
- The artist was approached in 2021 after set designers bought the print online
- He was told it might not make the final cut of Rebel Wilson’s film ‘Senior Year’
- But was delighted to see it in the background of one of the movie’s ‘best scenes’
A delighted photographer has revealed how one of his favourite prints was featured in Rebel Wilson’s new Netflix comedy Senior Year.
Peter Yan, 36, from Melbourne was delighted to see his photograph in the background of ‘one of the most touching scenes’ in the movie after being approached a year before.
To celebrate he made a Reel for his Instagram fans, where he acts out a fictional conversation between himself and the streaming service over Instagram.
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Peter Yan, 36, from Melbourne was delighted to see his photograph in the background of ‘one of the most touching scenes’ in the movie
The photo is one of Peter’s best sellers and was taken in ‘2017/2018’ at the 12 Apostles site on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria
Speaking to FEMAIL the artist clarified he hadn’t actually spoken directly with Netflix about the photograph, and instead did a deal with Paramount Pictures.
‘So actually it wasn’t Netflix who contacted me,’ he said.
‘It was one of the movie’s set designers who contacted me and asked for my permission to use the print in “Senior Year”,’ he continued before admitting he didn’t know when the movie became a Netflix film.
In the video he pretended to reject the idea of having the image used in the movie before showing it in the background of a touching scene
The movie follows Stephanie’s (played by Rebel) life in senior year – where a cheerleading stunt gone wrong landed her in a 20-year coma
‘The Reel I made was for ‘fun’, but it doesn’t change the fact that my print was featured in the movie, so it’s pretty cool,’ he said.
The film crew purchased the $115, 16X20-inch print through the artist’s website, just like any other customer would.
‘This was over a year ago and I almost forgot about it until I read the news somewhere,’ he said, adding the actress and producer had posted about the film becoming the number one movie on the streaming site.
The artist, who left his job with Apple after ten years to pursue his love of photography and travel, then decided to watch the movie to see if his print had made the final cut.
‘They did say they can’t guarantee whether it will be used, so I was pleasantly surprised to see it in the movie,’ he said.
Peter watched the movie, in search for his picture, after Rebel revealed it had soared to number one on the platform
The photo is one of Peter’s best sellers and was taken in ‘2017/2018’ at the 12 Apostles site on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.
‘Stephanie (Rebel) and her family are Australian but live in the United States. They wanted some show-outs to Australia to bring that theme home,’ he said.
The movie follows Stephanie’s life in senior year – where a cheerleading stunt gone wrong landed her in a 20-year coma.
When she wakes up, aged 37, she decides to live out her dream of becoming prom queen.