Doc­u­men­tary to take Whit­sun­days to the world

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Sharon Small­wood

A SYDNEY-based film crew ar­rived in the Whit­sun­days this week to start work on a half-hour doc­u­men­tary that will be dis­trib­uted to an es­ti­mated 60 coun­tries with a po­ten­tial reach of 400 to 500 mil­lion house­holds.

RJ Me­dia has been con­tracted by Tourism and Events Queens­land (TEQ) to shoot an in­ter­na­tional tele­vi­sion spe­cial fo­cus­ing on sail­ing in the Whit­sun­days and in par­tic­u­lar the 25th an­niver­sary of Air­lie Beach Race Week.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Richard Scotts said the pro­duc­tion crew were here not only to get the sail­ing shots, “but also shots of Air­lie Beach and the Whit­sun­days in gen­eral and all of the ac­tion on and off the wa­ter this week”.

“It’s very much a tourism driven for­mat – like a Get­away style [pro­gram] but tai­lored to this re­gion and for an in­ter­na­tional mar­ket,” he said.

Fol­low­ing a brief from TEQ and in con­junc­tion with the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club, Mr Scotts and his crew are film- ing three days of rac­ing from the sec­ond half of Air­lie Beach Race Week as well as a day at White­haven Beach and a day aboard lo­cal maxi yacht Condor.

“We’ll also be shoot­ing in and around Air­lie Beach at the func­tions and bars, so it’s as much about the so­cial com­po­nent of Air­lie Beach,” Mr Scotts said.

Sailors and race officials alike will be in­ter­viewed for the doc­u­men­tary, which will be pre­sented by well-known tele­vi­sion host Adam Digby.

“We want to fo­cus on what makes the Whit­sun­days such a spe­cial place to sail and also how suc­cess­ful this regatta has been to last for 25 years,” Mr Scotts said.

CEO of Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and Devel­op­ment Lim­ited (WMDL), Da­nial Rochford, con­grat­u­lated the Queens­land Govern­ment on the ini­tia­tive.

“This will be an enor­mous op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote Air­lie Beach to the world,” he said.

The doc­u­men­tary is ex­pected to be re­leased be­fore the end of the year and will air do­mes­ti­cally on Chan­nel 7.

GET­TING THE SHOT: RJ Me­dia ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Richard Scotts and award-win­ning cam­era­man Bali Strick­land, flim­ing at Abell Point Ma­rina on Tues­day af­ter­noon. They are pic­tured with their hi-tech 'red' cam­era and cam­era drone.

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