Reef Doc­tors starts film­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THE celebri­ties are in town get­ting into char­ac­ter while Port Dou­glas is be­ing trans­formed into Hope’s Is­land for new tele­vi­sion se­ries Reef Doc­tors.

Film­ing is presently un­der­way on the grounds of the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage golf club where a fake Jetty has been cre­ated on Packer’s Creek to film scenes on the boat when docked.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Jonathan Shiff told the Gazette they started in this lo­ca­tion this week and will film on the reef and in the Dain­tree next for other scenes.

“Thurs­day (to­day) we will be do­ing some film­ing on the water be­tween Port and Low Isles and do stuff on the deck,” he said.

“The first un­der­wa­ter scenes will be on Fri­day with Rachel Gor­don and Martin Sacks from Blue Heel­ers who play god­par­ents to Lisa’s son whose boat drifts out and they are play­ing un­der­wa­ter doc­u­men­tary mak­ers on the reef.

“On Satur­day we start some helicopter work, this is prob­a­bly the most helicopter work I’ve ever done in my life, just to get a smash­ingly spec­tac­u­lar shot of the reef.

“I want the cam­eras in the helicopter look­ing down on the boat gun­ning it across the reef, it will just look fan­tas­tic.”

The crew is still not cer­tain yet on where they will be film­ing the un­der­wa­ter scenes.

“We used to film at Opal for Ocean Girl, we are look­ing for the best lo­ca­tion,” Jonathan said.

“The hos­pi­tal scenes will be on Mount Tam­bourine on the Gold Coast, in fact they drive away from the Port Dou­glas lo­ca­tion, 100m up into the rain­for­est and emerge at the top of Mount Tam­bourine.

“We have al­ready built the clinic and are build­ing an­other house for Lisa where we will con­tinue to film un­til the end of April.”

The show will con­sist of 13-one hour episodes and will be aired on Chan­nel Ten next year.

TAS­NEEM ROC:

SU­SAN HOECKE: RACHEL GOR­DON and MARTIN SACKS: Former Blue Heel­ers stars act as the god­par­ents of Mc­cune and Day’s son played by emerg­ing ac­tor Justin Hol­borow.

Photo by JASIN BOLAND

LISA MC­CUNE: Plays GP Sam Ste­wart who runs a clinic on the is­land. Has a pas­sion for study­ing venom. MATT DAY: Plays Mc­cune’s ex-hus­band An­drew Walsh, who is also her boss. RICHARD BRAN­CATI­SANO: Look­ing the part: star Lisa Mc­cune

on set in Port Dou­glas this week

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