THRILL OF THE CHASE: REBECCA GIBNEY ON FILMING WANTED
Running along train tracks in a picturesque gorge on New Zealand’s South Island, Rebecca Gibney wondered what she was thinking when she wrote the scene.
As co-creator and producer of the action drama Wanted, she conceived the story. But she didn’t consider the logistics of some of her stunts.
“I have to wear lifts in my shoes so I don’t look like a dwarf next to (my costar) Geraldine (Hakewill),” she says.
“But I have major trouble trying to run in them. In season one I did a lot of hoon driving, so running was something I forgot about.
“Even while I was reading the script it didn’t click that I was going to have to do that.
“It was like running in high heels on train tracks, which is really dumb.
“She’s a gazelle while I look like the hippo (laughs).
“The great thing about being one of the producers, though, is you can edit out any bad shots.”
After her character Lola’s son was kidnapped at the end of season one, the new season will see her and Chelsea (Hakewill) bring the fight to their pursuers and unmask who is trying to kill them.
“Hell hath no fury like a mother whose family is threatened,” Gibney says.
“But she can’t be rational when it’s to do with her son. She starts making irrational decisions and starts taking great risks.
“Chelsea is the one who has to step up and take care of Lola, which forces her to face some of her own challenges.
“Then it gets to a point towards the end that’s devastating for both of them.”
Gibney and her husband, Wanted co-creator Richard Bell, always had plans to take the series to Gibney’s native New Zealand.
“We had a vintage train going through a gorge with mountains on either side with a chase on top of it,” she says.
“Someone made the comment it looked like a James Bond film. It’s phenomenal the places we’ve managed to get to.”
Gibney aims to offer audiences something different with the second instalment of her action thriller, which follows her two heroines as they also travel to Australia’s tropical north and Bangkok.
“Audience tastes are changing so rapidly,” she says.
“You can’t just give them a family drama or medical drama or a cop show.
“We’re throwing a younger women with an older woman; it’s not a love story but it is in a way.
“It’s about a friendship and how they navigate life when they’re such polar opposites.
“We put them on the road and under pressure, and there’s amazing drama that can come from that.”
New Wanted premieres this Monday, 8.40pm on Channel 7
Rebecca Gibney and Geraldine Hakewill are back in the second season of the thrilling Channel 7 drama Wanted.