BABINDA local Harry Anning will be gracing television screens in the coming months, along with 80 other Babinda and Tully residents.

Korean tech company Samsung decided the Far North towns - age-old rivals for the Golden Gumboot "Australia's wettest town" award - were the perfect place to set an advertisement for the new water-resistant S8 Samsung Galaxy phone, and have been filming for the past week.

Harry Anning, of Babinda, on set at Deeral, playing a fisherman in an ad for Samsung.
Harry Anning, of Babinda, on set at Deeral, playing a fisherman in an ad for Samsung. Elisabeth Champion

Mr Anning was on set at the Deeral boat ramp on Monday, playing a fisherman.

"It's hard work, but it wasn't bad," he said. "I had to pretend like I'd caught a fish and was taking a selfie."

David Lamb, a traveler from Sydney, stars in the Samsung commercial, filmed at Deeral on Monday.
David Lamb, a traveler from Sydney, stars in the Samsung commercial, filmed at Deeral on Monday. Elisabeth Champion

He is one of many locals to play a role in the ad.

Even tourists got in on the action, including Sydney visitor David Lamb.

"I was at Golden Hole, and they approached me and asked if I wanted to be in it," he said.

"It'll be a good story to tell."

Production teams wrapped up filming yesterday, with a local town meeting scene filmed in Babinda last night followed by a thank you dinner.

David Lamb, a traveler from Sydney, stars in the Samsung commercial, filmed at Deeral on Monday.
David Lamb, a traveler from Sydney, stars in the Samsung commercial, filmed at Deeral on Monday. Elisabeth Champion

Samsung director of product marketing Hamid Fardoost said Tully and Babinda were the best places to film the ad.

"The competition between the two is a famous, beautiful Australian story," he said.

"It was a perfect fit to market the new Galaxy S8."

News Corp Australia


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