French Sur­vivor crew check out the Dain­tree

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

FILM crews from French Sur­vivor re­cently spent a week scop­ing out the Dain­tree Rain­for­est as the set­ting for an up­com­ing se­ries.

The French ver­sion of Sur­vivor, Koh-Lanta, is one of three ma­jor tele­vi­sion pro­grams in­ter­ested the Dou­glas re­gion as a film­ing lo­ca­tion.

Silky Oaks Lodge owner Paul Van Min said the ho­tel hosted the crew last Sun­day.

“What they ex­actly had in mind they wouldn’t say, but they are look­ing at com­ing here,” he said.

Tourism Port Dou­glas Dain­tree ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Doug Ryan was coy with de­tails but said he had been con­tacted by mul­ti­ple tele­vi­sion film crews keen to shoot episodes in the re­gion.

“Two of them have been ap­proach­ing ev­ery sec­ond place in town,” he said.

“(The third) is talk­ing to Hamil­ton Is­land but we’re hop­ing we get them here.”

Mr Ryan would not spill de­tails on which net­works had shown in­ter­est but said the shows in­volved were “high-pro­file”.

“One is com­ing to do site in­spec­tions next week­end and one has al­ready booked ac­com­mo­da­tion,” he said.

“I can’t say any­thing be­cause of a me­dia em­bargo but if you see cer­tain celebri­ties walk­ing down Macrossan St you’ll soon know.”

But he said any ex­po­sure for the re­gion in France could help boost tourism.

“France is our biggest grow­ing in­ter­na­tional mar­ket at the moment, so it would be great if it hap­pened,” Mr Ryan said.

Any film­ing is un­likely to be­gin in the next few months, with Mr Ryan say­ing he un­der­stood all three still were in pre­lim­i­nary stages.

Sur­vivor coun­try: the French ver­sion of the pop­u­lar TV fran­chise is eye­ing the Dain­tree for its next se­ries

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