Royal fairytale telemovie hits snag
IT HAS to rate as one of the greatest pick-ups in the history of any Sydney pub, setting off a royal fairytale still captivating royal-watchers the world over.
But re-creating the romantic meeting of Denmark’s Crown Prince and his Australian bride Mary Donaldson for Channel 10’s upcoming telemovie came with a few complications this week, 15 years after that fateful date at the Slipp Inn.
With the original bar now a Mexican-themed eatery, producers were forced to film the scene at an older-style Darlinghurst drinking hole and dress it to look like it would have at the height of Sydney Olympics festivities.
In a bar festooned with internationalin flags and over thet noise of clinking glasses and passing inner-city traffic, actor Emma Hamilton – the lead role in Mary, The Making Of A Princess – gets the royal party started by suggesting a round of margaritas for her new European friends.
Things get friskier when the royal heir, played by New Zealand actor Ryan O’Kane (left, with Hamilton), demands to be included in a touchy-feely game with Donaldson.
Filming is expected to move to Denmark for location shots later this month.