Blue Gum farm is back for sea­son 2

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - AN­DREA DAVY An­drea.davy@ru­ral­ Visit www.bluegum­ to find out more.

DUR­ING seven full-on days, a Gayn­dah fam­ily’s work­ing cat­tle prop­erty was trans­formed into a TV pro­duc­tion site.

Cilla Slack, the woman be­hind Blue Gum Farm TV, has now pro­duced the sec­ond sea­son of her suc­cess­ful se­ries.

The kids’ show, which is made for chil­dren be­tween six-months to six-year olds, is de­signed to ed­u­cate young­sters about where their food comes from while show­cas­ing farm­ing prac­tices in Aus­tralia.

How­ever, as a trained per­former Cilla uses lots of hu­mour, catchy tunes and danc­ing to cre­ate her en­ter­tain­ing seg­ments.

As the Wide Bay and Bur­nett re­gion warmly em­braced the first sea­son of the show, Cilla em­braced them for this sea­son and about 19 lo­cal kids were on cam­era dur­ing the shoot, singing and danc­ing up a storm.

“It was one of the hard­est things I have ever had to co­or­di­nate,” Cilla joked.

She said the lo­cal tal­ent were ex­cel­lent on-screen com­pan­ions and she be­lieved there were lots of proud par­ents within the district now.

The whole sec­ond sea­son was shot across only seven days to min­imise costs and trav­el­ling time for the south­ern film crew that trav­elled to the prop­erty.

Cilla had worked out a hefty sched­ule lead­ing up to the film­ing and said her fam­ily, who run the prop­erty along­side with their sawmill busi­ness, em­braced her plan.

“I al­most had a ros­ter for them as well. So I had to tell dad we needed a mob of wean­ers in the yards by this time, and when I needed the milk­ing cow,” she said.

This year Cilla’s horse, Char­lie, had a star­ing role.

How­ever past ex­pe­ri­ences with ex­pen­sive cam­era gear, light­ing and a busy film crew taught her that some­times the av­er­age mus­ter­ing horse finds this type of equip­ment as fright­en­ing.

“I learnt dur­ing film­ing of the first sea­son that when it’s all pointed at them they can find it scary,” she said.

“So I was feel­ing ner­vous about it and horses feed off your energy, so our stock­man Pete was walk­ing past and I asked him to go and ride Char­lie for me, so he was set­tled down by the time it was his turn.”

Cilla re­turned to her coun­try roots a few years ago af­ter liv­ing in Syd­ney

where she worked as a per­former.

Blue Gum Farm TV also has a live show on tour, and Cilla has a packed sched­ule lined up for the up­com­ing school hol­i­day sea­son. The dream would be to see her TV show on a na­tional broad­cast­ing slot, so all Aussie kids grew up with an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of who pro­duced their food.

“It’s slowly but surely get­ting recog­ni­tion,” she said.

“My big­gest fol­low­ing is in this south-eastern cor­ner, so I have a long way to go be­fore I hit the big time.”

❝I It was one of the hard­est things have ever had to co­or­di­nate... — Cilla Slack


FARM TV: Cilla Slack has just re­leased her sec­ond se­ries of Blue Gum Farm TV. The Gayn­dah farmer's show is avail­able to down­load around the world.

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