Lights. Cameras. Tasmania.
Screens – big and small – are alight with Tasmania’s beautiful, majestic, and dark scenery.
Television series The Kettering Incident and Rosehaven, and feature films The Light Between Oceans and Lion, are the latest releases to take advantage of Tasmania’s scenery and towns, supported by talent both in front of and behind the camera. The local screen industry in Tasmania has grown significantly in recent years, with more productions choosing the island state as the ideal location for scenery, sets and film production.
The Kettering Incident, which aired on Foxtel in Australia earlier this year, was filmed in Tasmania, set largely around the picturesque townships of Kettering and Bruny Island. Starring Elizabeth Debicki in the lead role as Anna Macy, the dark mystery follows Anna’s journey home to Kettering as the disappearance of a young girl brings back the loss and unsolved mystery of a similar disappearance of Anna’s childhood friend. The buzz around the series saw it top Foxtel’s non-sports ratings during screenings, rating second only to Game of Thrones. And it continues to be praised in a stream of awards and reviews.
Following the success with Australian audiences, The Kettering Incident was also released to US audiences via Amazon Prime’s streaming service, and the global roll-out is only just beginning.
Rosehaven also brought snapshots of Tasmania to your screens. The eight part comedy series was created for ABC television by ex-pat Tasmanian Luke McGregor and fellow comedian Celia Pacquola. The series was filmed around southern Tasmania, including in Geeveston and New Norfolk.
Rosehaven is quintessentially Australian and wonderfully balances the contrasting awkwardness and hopeful opportunism of the lead characters, while facing childhood emotional baggage, sharing some of Tasmania’s beauty along the way.
Tasmania has also been lighting up cinema screens with feature films. The Light Between Oceans, was released in Australian cinemas on 3 November starring Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender. Tasmania’s iconic landmark ‘The Nut’, in the beautiful town of Stanley, features prominently, and continues to win the hearts of visitors after being recognised in the lead spot in Trivago’s Top 10 destinations in Australia.
Nicole Kidman is playing a leading role in another Tasmanian screen success Lion, starring Dev Patel, with Kidman and David Wenham supporting as his adopted parents. Lion, which opens in Australian cinemas on 19 January 2017, tells the story of Tasmanian Saroo Brierley and his amazing journey to find his birth mother and family. Filming locations for Lion include along the Derwent River in Hobart, Cockle Creek and on kunanyi/Mount Wellington.
To find out more about the local film talent, industry and what’s happening in filming in Tasmania check out Screen Tasmania.