Allora is TV's outback
THE dusty red straight stretch of track against Southern Downs bushlands and clear blue sky was an excellent scene for a French television series.
Rocklands Road, Rocklands via the Rose City was the perfect imitation for an outback track for the forth series of the award-winning television soapie Foudre, also known as Summer Crush.
The soapie, broadcast in France and throughout Europe, is as popular as Australia’s Neighbours and Home and Away series and has been filmed around Warwick and Allora over two days.
Summer Crush’s location manager Dougal McMaster has been working closely with the Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) over the past month to find the perfect location.
“We came to Warwick to find these outback roads. We love coming to the country it just makes filming a lot easier. It’s all about the location where we wanted to find a dirty dusty track that looks like the outback,” Mr McMaster told the Daily News on set yesterday.
“This track is perfect with no fences or powerlines and Warwick has some wonderful granite areas.”
For the present series they have shot nine weeks in Noumea and now two weeks in Australia at Brunswick Heads and on the Southern Downs.
The Australian footage covers the first two and last two episodes of the series as one of the main characters has been stranded in Australia after an aircraft accident.
Two local residents were hired to assist on the sidelines for the project and the 30 members of the film crew who leave today.
SDRC Economic Development Officer John Randall said SDRC had been working with the film crew and they were always pleased to facilitate such events.
“Sure the film crews and casts spend substantial money when they are here , but I think the lasting benefit from film crews in the area is the amount of pride of place that our local community feels because our area was picked to film in.”