EXCLUSIVE: Tv Series to 'invade Rocky again for a longer period'
A TOUR of the region as part of a location scout left the writer, producer and lead actress of a new TV series feeling like she didn't have enough content to film all the locations she felt inspired by.
Madeleine Kennedy, Producer, lead actress, writer told The Bulletin she was just waiting on the final tick to film season two and they would be back to "invade Rockhampton for a longer period of time".
"When I came here on a location scout with Kalair (McArthur - from Regional Development Australia Fitzroy and Central West executive officer), there wasn't enough time in the weekend that I was here (to see it all)," she said.
"I would go somewhere and I would get stuck there. It would take me a long time to leave because I just kept seeing things."
We Were Tomorrow started filming in Toowoomba last year as a feature film, but due to market demand, the producers were asked to turn it into a TV series.
"The past seven months was spent reworking; and adding and modifying the content," Ms Kennedy said.
"In July, I went to the Winton Film Festival and that allowed me to connect with local mayors and rural Queensland and the regions out here and it opened up the doorways to a lot of different locations that are just, I think, untapped resources.
"We are hoping to get the final word to go forward with the second season and if that is the case we are coming to invade Rockhampton for a longer period of time."
Ms Kennedy said they had looked at Great Keppel Island, Wreck Point and Keppel Bay which lined up with where the TV Series storyline would go next.
"Our story centres around three life times," she said.
"The first is very western inspired. The second is very 1920s and the third is like a dystopian waste-land kind of futuristic place.
"Rockhampton in particular has been an incredibly strong source for us, particularly to find western locations. That has been our biggest challenge because when you go that far back to find that authenticity of cabins and stables and homesteads, it's just not available anywhere else."
"We've been really really focused on really showcasing the landscape of the region. An enormous amount of our locations have been at the Heritage Village as well as the Capricorn Caves, Glenmore Homestead, Henderson Park..."
"We've enlisted the help from kids in school, actors with local theatre companies as well as those that want to hone the camera as well.
"We've been incredibly lucky because we've called Rockhampton our home for the past fortnight."
The 'we' includes Gyton Grantley who starred in Underbelly, Nikolai Nikolaeff who starred in Sea Patrol, Beau Brady who was on Home and Away, Alicia Banit who starred in ABC's Dance Academy, Christopher Kirby, who starred in The Matrix Revoutions and Star Wars: Episode III, Tessa Jamesknown for her role on Home and Away and Nic Westaway who also starred on Home and Away.
This is the third acting role Tessa has had since finishing treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. (not a quote - fact from online research)
"The role that she has currently taken on in this series is Petra who is a strong and very ethereal beautiful woman. She's an alchemist which means she more like a hand of God," Ms Kennedy said.
She said Tessa told her she felt this had been a very empowering role to play.
Ms Kennedy said Tessa was bringing a strength to the character that a lot of people are going to be enthralled by.
"One of the reasons why we wanted to shoot in Rockhampton was because we wanted to bring opportunity in to regional areas," Amie Casey, another producer, said.
"Rockhampton Regional Council has put in a lot of ground work with Mad Lane Productions to make this happen by offering in-kind support including accommodation and access to shoot at some of our favourite venues," Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow said.
About the TV series
'We Were Tomorrow' follows the journey of twin siblings who are forced to navigate through three lifetimes to escape a dying world and an immortal hunter.
Short Synopsis: When a meteor collides with the moon, the Earth is ravaged by catastrophic natural disasters. A small percentage of the population is relocated to an alternate world - the New World - and given three lifetimes to rebuild humanity. With the New World in dire straits, twin siblings, Noah and Evelyn, must navigate through three lifetimes to find William and Siena, who bare the other half of their branded keys. The keys, when connected, open a doorway to Earth, a year before the meteor hits, enabling them to warn mankind. Cain, a man cursed with immortality, hunts them down to stop them.
Actors: Gyton Grantley (House Husbands, The Dressmaker), Chai Romruen (CW: The 100, Mako Mermaids), Nikolai Nikolaeff (Netflix's Daredevil, Sea Patrol), Tim Pocock (Camp, XMen: Wolverine), Madeleine Kennedy (Charlie's Farm, Thicker Than Water), Alicia Banit (Dance Academy, Summer Heights High), Christopher Kirby (Predestination, Iron Sky), Lara Jean Marshall (The Saddle Club) and Maya Stange (Love Child).
Director/Producers: Madeleine Kennedy and Amie Casey
Status: The TV Series is in its final stages of filming and will be delivered to a domestic and international broadcaster late September.