The Courier-Mail

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.

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