Home (and Away) on the ranges

Sunday Mail - - CONFIDENTIAL -

THE show may be called Home and Away, but it lived up to the “away” part this week when the pop­u­lar soapie headed to the Flin­ders Ranges, film­ing episodes for next year’s sea­son.

Among the ac­tors shoot­ing on lo­ca­tion were Pa­trick O’Con­nor, So­phie Dill­man, both pic­tured, Tim Franklin and Court­ney Miller.

“Film­ing in the Flin­ders Ranges was ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble,” So­phie says.

“We filmed in a lot of dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions that were all as beau­ti­ful as each other.

“I have never seen Aus­tralia look so beau­ti­ful and di­verse be­fore. The colours and the shapes of the moun­tains and the val­leys is some­thing I’ll never for­get.”

So­phie, 25, who plays Ziggy As­toni, had only been to SA twice be­fore, but man­aged to cope with the scorch­ing heat.

“I’m orig­i­nally from Queens­land so heat is some­thing I’m used to but it did reach the mid-40s a cou­ple of times which meant ev­ery­one was work­ing ex­tra hard,” she says.

“Our fan­tas­tic crew and nurses kept ev­ery­one cool with wet tow­els and um­brel­las and lots of wa­ter.”

The cast and crew also had some fab­u­lous hos­pi­tal­ity, thanks to the lo­cals.

“We stayed in Parachilna at the Prairie Ho­tel which is one of the best pubs I have ever been to,” So­phie says.“The staff and pa­trons and ev­ery­one in­volved were so wel­com­ing and help­ful – and the food was epic.”

Yes­ter­day, the cast headed to Ade­laide Oval to cheer on the Aussie cricket team and with Home and Away air­ing its 2018 fi­nale this Thurs­day, a Christ­mas break is now on the cards, So­phie says. Call on 8206 2459 or drop me a line at matt.gilbert­[email protected] or twit­ter.com/mat­t_gilbert­son face­book.com/Tis­erEn­ter­tain­ment

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