Mc­cune loves FNQ

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

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.”

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