Love Child & Underbelly stars to film sci-fi series in CQ

AN out of this world sci-fi television series will start filming in Central Queensland this month.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said Australian actors, including Underbelly's Gyton Grantley, will head to Rockhampton for two weeks of filming from August 29 to September 10.

She said the new TV series is set to put Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast on the map as a potential film location - leading to new economic opportunities.

Ms Landry she was thrilled that producer Madeleine Kennedy from Mad Lane Productions had chosen to film the final 30% of her new series 'We Were Tomorrow' in the Rockhampton and Livingstone Shires.

'We Were Tomorrow' follows the journey of twin siblings who are forced to navigate through three lifetimes to escape a dying world and an immortal hunter.

Producer and actor Madeleine Kennedy and on-screen twin Chai Romruen on the set of We Were Tomorrow at Fingal Head on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.Photo: Scott Powick Daily News
Producer and actor Madeleine Kennedy and on-screen twin Chai Romruen on the set of We Were Tomorrow at Fingal Head on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.Photo: Scott Powick Daily News Scott Powick

Ms Landry said the film crew was attracted to the city after extensive ground work by the Federal Government's Fitzroy-Central West bureau of Regional Development Australia, based in Rockhampton.

"The RDA Executive Officer Kalair McArthur had taken Madeline around many key sites which have subsequently become locations for the series," Ms Landry said.

"The Rockhampton Heritage Village, some of our beautiful old Rockhampton Queenslander homes, local streets in Rockhampton as a well as beaches and salt pans in Livingstone Shire will feature as key locations.

"Producer Madeline Kennedy has developed a great passion for Rockhampton and the plethora of different settings the city offers. She has also been thrilled by the support she has received from local industry and our local councils."

"If the first run of this TV series is successful, the producers say they would hope to return to Rockhampton to use it as key base for a second and potentially a third series. Becoming known as a great film location would create new and diverse economic value for the region."

Ms McArthur said Regional Development Australia had been engaging with the film industry about many regional Queensland locations and was keen to show producers the great variety of locations Rockhampton has offered.

"There is the Heritage Village, Archer Park railway museum station, the river, historic streets as well as nearby coastal regions including Byfield and the Capricorn Coast.

"The presence of Mad Lane Productions can be a silver lining for a new industry that we have not previously tapped into," Ms McArthur said.

Ms Kennedy, who directs and co-produces the series told Ms Landry she had been inundated with positive support in the local region.

We Were Tomorrow being filmed at Grandchester Sawmill. Lara Jean Marshall. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times
We Were Tomorrow being filmed at Grandchester Sawmill. Lara Jean Marshall. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times Inga Williams

"Showcasing landscapes from Rockhampton, the Livingstone Shire and Central Queensland is a key priority for my team, as we want to help contribute to the sustainability of the region through publicity which generates more tourism for the region, and cinematic exposure that will encourage future film productions to utilise the spaces," Ms Kennedy said.

About the TV series:

'We Were Tomorrow' follows the journey of twin siblings who are forced to navigate through three lifetimes to escape a dying world and an immortal hunter.

Short Synopsis: When a meteor collides with the moon, the Earth is ravaged by catastrophic natural disasters. A small percentage of the population is relocated to an alternate world - the New World - and given three lifetimes to rebuild humanity. With the New World in dire straits, twin siblings, Noah and Evelyn, must navigate through three lifetimes to find William and Siena, who bare the other half of their branded keys. The keys, when connected, open a doorway to Earth, a year before the meteor hits, enabling them to warn mankind. Cain, a man cursed with immortality, hunts them down to stop them.

Actors: Gyton Grantley (House Husbands, The Dressmaker), Chai Romruen (CW: The 100, Mako Mermaids), Nikolai Nikolaeff (Netflix's Daredevil, Sea Patrol), Tim Pocock (Camp, XMen: Wolverine), Madeleine Kennedy (Charlie's Farm, Thicker Than Water), Alicia Banit (Dance Academy, Summer Heights High), Christopher Kirby (Predestination, Iron Sky), Lara Jean Marshall (The Saddle Club) and Maya Stange (Love Child).

Director/Producers: Madeleine Kennedy and Amie Casey

Status: The TV Series is in its final stages of filming and will be delivered to a domestic & international broadcaster late September.



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