Line Burner on small screen
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.