‘Jil­la­roo Jess’ stars in 4WD video se­ries

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A Pil­bara sta­tion hand, truck driver and so­cial media celebrity has taken her next step to star­dom af­ter fea­tur­ing in a tele­vi­sion se­ries with a na­tional au­to­mo­tive com­pany.

Jess Ed­wards, aka Jil­la­roo Jess, spent last week film­ing at a Pil­bara sta­tion and Kar­ratha’s Hunter Me­chan­i­cal garage with the two celebrity faces of Mel­bournebased com­pany Ter­rain Tamer — 84-year-old four-wheel-drive in­dus­try vet­eran Al­lan Gray and his nephew, An­drew Gray.

The com­pany, which has for years filmed short video se­ries on as­pects of 4WD re­pair to com­ple­ment their au­to­mo­tive ser­vices, flew a six-per­son crew from Mel­bourne to Kar­ratha to film with Ms Ed­wards for the new se­ries, which will be shown on na­tional tele­vi­sion and posted on their web­site in com­ing months.

Ms Ed­wards said the com­pany con­tacted her af­ter see­ing her tongue-in-cheek truck safety video that went vi­ral last year af­ter be­ing posted to her Jil­la­roo Jess Face­book page.

She said a back-story had been de­vel­oped for this se­ries, which fo­cused on mak­ing sure her ute was ro­bust enough to sur­vive the long trips she made through the Pil­bara ter­rain for work.

“The story goes that, be­cause I do a lot of long-dis­tance travel, Al­lan and An­drew are help­ing me fix it up,” she said. “The ve­hi­cle is stan­dard, so there’s noth­ing wrong with it, but they’re help­ing me put a few dif­fer­ent things in to make it more ef­fi­cient and ro­bust, safer, and more re­li­able on the road.”

Al­lan Gray said Ms Ed­wards was the “ideal” per­son to take cen­tre stage in the lat­est se­ries.

“We’ve done a lot of DVDs, and this is just a con­tin­u­a­tion of that, but we’ve never re­ally done this in such a big way,” he said.

“We’re spend­ing a lot of time and ef­fort on this ve­hi­cle be­cause this young lady’s a char­ac­ter in her own right and a lively sort of free spirit, which is what we’re af­ter.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to see the se­ries once re­leased, go to ter­rain­tamer.com/en.

Pic­ture: Jar­rod Barnes

Pil­bara sta­tion hand Jess Ed­wards has been film­ing a four-wheel-drive video se­ries around Kar­ratha with Ter­rain Tamers' Al­lan Gray and An­drew Gray.

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