Line Burner on small screen

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

THE team be­hind Line Burner are gear­ing up for the de­but of the Far North’s first tele­vi­sion fish­ing ad­ven­ture se­ries.

With ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Lyn­ton “Heff” Heffer and di­rec­tor David Vi­vian at the helm, Line Burner has reeled in a deal to screen the 10-part fish­ing se­ries on pay tele­vi­sion chan­nel Fox­tel/Aus­tar 183 start­ing on Au­gust 13, at 8.30pm.

What started out more than a decade ago as a fish­ing news­let­ter for a few mates is set to be­come the first tele­vi­sion se­ries filmed and pro­duced en­tirely in the lo­cal re­gion to be screened around Aus­tralia.

“Not only will our show be screened dur­ing prime time but the first night our first episode will be screened for an hour,” Heff said.

“Our first se­ries will con­tain 10 pro­grams and we are im­prov­ing on our pro­duc­tion tech­niques ev­ery shoot.”

Vi­vian is thrilled at the stan­dard and qual­ity of their work and ec­static they have been picked up by a ma­jor broad­caster.

Fea­tur­ing the best in game fish­ing, heli-fish­ing, reef fish­ing, rain­for­est fish­ing, out­back fish­ing, beach fish­ing, river fish­ing and mud crab­bing with a colourful col­lec­tion of lo­cal char­ac­ters, myths, le­gends and cook­ing seg­ments, the aim of the se­ries is set to ce­ment the rep­u­ta­tion of Port Dou­glas as an an­gler’s trop­i­cal paradise.

“We are also ex­cited for the fish­ing in­dus­try and tourism sec­tor of the re­gion,” Heff said.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case the whole area and we’re not just try­ing to ap­peal to hard­core fish­er­men with the se­ries, we’ll be pro­duc­ing an en­ter­tain­ing pro­gram ev­ery­one can en­joy.”

Vi­vian said they have al­ready re­leased two Line Burner DVDs based on the suc­cess of the mag­a­zine of the same name and know what will work on tele­vi­sion based on the pos­i­tive feed­back.

“From the very be­gin­ning, I was in­ter­ested in cre­at­ing an orig­i­nal style that cap­tured the essence of our unique area,” Vi­vian said.

“We needed a di­rec­tion that was laid­back, yet so­phis­ti­cated - work­ing in a can­did way, with­out scripts or tra­di­tional tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ta­tion tech­niques.

“Each episode in the se­ries has a strong fo­cus on ev­ery­thing lo­cal - the char­ac­ters, lo­ca­tions and the Dou­glas re­gion’s unique sto­ries - there’s no short­age of ma­te­rial to shoot around here.”

The Line Burner crew would like to in­vite ev­ery­one along to the launch of the show in the beer gar­den of the Cen­tral Ho­tel on Au­gust 3, from 5.30pm un­til 7.30pm. Blue Sky Brew­ery will also be stag­ing a beer pro­mo­tion and there will be prizes and give­aways.

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