Call for extras as Netflix series filming in Port Douglas enters final weeks
The Netflix and Channel 10 series, Dive Club, is heading into its final weeks of filming in Port Douglas and there is an opportunity for locals to get in on the action.
The teen mystery drama is calling for extras of all ages, 10 years and above, to be part of a festival day scene to be shot on Monday 18 January and possibly Tuesday 19 January.
To get involved email diveclubextrasgmailcom with your name, age, location, mobile, email, headshot, and your availability for the filming days. All crew and extras must present a recent negative COVID-19 test.
Newsport recently sat down with Dive Club Producer and Showrunner, Steve Jaggi, to talk about filming the series, which follows a group of teenagers who when they are not in school are out diving on the reef.
“It is set in the fictional town of Cape Mercy which is eerily similar to Port Douglas,” Mr Jaggi said.
“Our story starts on the eve of a cyclone when one of the young women goes missing and in the search efforts to find her, our young heroines find her phone on the reef. When they playback the videos on the phone, it turns out she may have actually not gone missing but may have been murdered.”
Across the 12-part series, the characters try to unravel the mystery of what happened to their friend.
The Douglas Shire will be on display to the world when the show airs globally on Netflix and nationally on Channel 10 in mid-2021 and locals will be able to recognise key locations on the screen.
“It will absolutely be recognisable for sure,” Mr Jaggi said.
“The key locations and the architecture up here are just fantastic, it’s part of what drew us to the area.
“You will defiantly recognise the Sugar Wharf and Macrossan Street and a lot of the buildings,” he said.
The production has also filmed in locations such as the Clink Theatre, the Iron Bar, Thala Beach, the Mossman cemetery, and Wonga Beach.
“We do go out to the reef to film quite a bit as well, so we are very fortunate.”
Mr Jaggi said Port Douglas was a perfect location to film Dive Club.
“We try to create films that stand out; the marketplace is very crowded.
“One of the things we have learnt is that audience around the world love Australia.
“And what audiences really respond to globally is the beaches and the palm trees, and Queensland is very much what audiences what to see.”
“What the region has to offer in terms of production value, scenery, and architecture really fits into our brand.”
This series is the latest project to be filmed in the Far North by the Steve Jaggi Company, who also filmed the movie Kidnapped in the Port Douglas area and This Little Love of Mine in Palm Cove in 2020.
But will Mr Jaggi return to film more in the region?
“I hope so,” he said.
“It’s really great being up here, this is the third production we have brought to the region.
“The State Government is building some infrastructure in Cairns to help attract film and TV productions up here too,” Mr Jaggi said.
The region is primed to see even more productions, with Queensland fast becoming a global hub for film and TV production, after the huge impacts COVID-19 has had on the screen industry in the US and Europe.
The production of the series is believed to have pumped millions into the local economy in a traditionally quiet time of the year.
Since filming began on Dive Club in late October, the cast and crew have been out enjoying the area with over 100 people at any given time staying in local hotels throughout production.
“Some of the crew went down to Hartley’s and up to the Daintree, so we are exploring when we can," Mr Jaggi said.
“It’s been really great; the town has been very hospitable.”
Filming for the series is due to wrap this month, but if a season two gets the green light, there is every chance we could see the crew return one day in the not too distant future.
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