Mccune loves FNQ
CO-PRODUCER and lead actress of the new action-adventure TV series Reef Doctors, Lisa McCune, spoke exclusively with the Gazette this week to discuss the production, which is set to be filmed on the Great Barrier Reef and in Port Douglas next year.
Australia’s leading producer Jonathan Shiff and McCune both spoke highly of the Douglas region.
“Having known Jonathan Shiff for so many years, it’s great to be finally working with him on this project for Network Ten and ZDF in Germany,” Ms McCune said.
“Jonathan and I are such huge fans of Port Douglas. I think the Far North is a frontier of great beauty and unknown dangers.
“I haven’t been to Port Douglas in about four years so I am really excited to get back there.”
Reef Doctors – working title Hope’s Reef – is a fast paced action-adventure series which is expected to be the biggest Australian series to hit Far North Queensland in more than a decade.
Ms McCune will be starring as Dr Sam Stewart, the Sherlock Holmes of tropical medicine and the head doctor in the only medical clinic for the Great Barrier Reef.
“We are hoping that this series will attract the whole family, rather than having family members break off to watch different programs in different rooms of the house,” Ms McCune said.
“We are also hoping to catch the international market which is really exciting.”
Her character leads a handful of dedicated practitioners hoping to extract the hidden secrets from venom that has the power to cure some of the world’s most fatal diseases.
From deadly snake bites, jellyfish stings to divers with the bends and tropical diseases, the series will unleash the scientific side of medicine.
“I think people will be attracted to the frontier of tropical medicine in the ocean and rainforest and the orientation of treatments that come from wildlife,’’ she said.
“I think it will be very appealing to international audiences.”
Ms McCune expects to be in the region by the end of this year and will be taking the wet season and cyclone season into account.
“Jonathan understands and knows the tropical season so we are taking it into consideration for filming,” she said.
“This is my first time as a coproducer. ‘Jonathan has offered me an incredible position where I have been invited to the table to make some of the decisions.
“I am really looking forward to it.”