ABC takes Northern Rivers lives into national living rooms
THE efforts of the crew who created a six-part series to screen on national TV on Saturday has earned the praise of the deputy premier.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner and Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis have congratulated the team involved in the production of The Gods Of Wheat Street, a new television series set in the Northern Rivers region.
The Gods Of Wheat Street is a six-episode television drama series created, written and produced by Jon Bell, executively produced by Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox and produced by Lois Randall.
The series transports the audience into the world, hearts and humour of a modern Aboriginal family of local legends.
Mr Stoner said the production, which will screen on ABC1 from Saturday, has been supported by the NSW Government's Northern Rivers Jobs Plan and Screen NSW's Regional Filming Fund.
"Indigenous and regional productions like The Gods Of Wheat Street are exceptionally important and reinforce NSW's position as a nationally and internationally renowned State with a vibrant screen industry," Mr Stoner said.
"NSW Government support for this project has helped build skills in filmmaking in the Northern Rivers region and create local jobs in the screen industry.
"The Gods Of Wheat Street received support through our Northern Rivers Jobs Plan because of the production company's investment in jobs in the region.
"The production company invested more than $5.2 million in the production, creating 95 full-time equivalent jobs over six months, most of which were in the Northern Rivers."
Mr Gulaptis, who attended an advanced screening of the first episode, said the region's screen industry benefited from production activities like this.
"It has also benefited from Screen NSW-supported professional development workshops, which help regional filmmakers build their professional skills and access new opportunities," Mr Gulaptis said.