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THRILL OF THE CHASE: RE­BECCA GIB­NEY ON FILM­ING WANTED

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SEANNA CRONIN

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.

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