French TV rolling in Brunswick

Cast members of Foudre film a scene for the latest episodes of the popular French teen adventure series, which is being shot in France, the Pacific Islands and Australia.
Cast members of Foudre film a scene for the latest episodes of the popular French teen adventure series, which is being shot in France, the Pacific Islands and Australia. Bertille BLARD-QUINTARD, France 2

ELEVEN local actors will star in a top-rating French teen adventure series that started filming offshore near Brunswick Heads on Wednesday.

Four episodes of the popular French show, Foudre (meaning Lightning), including the series finale, will be filmed in and around the coastal village over the next eight days, injecting at least $230,000 into the local economy.

The show, also known as Summer Crush in other countries, is produced by French production company Adventure Line.

NSW-based Sandstar Films is facilitating the French production team with the shoot.

Sandstar Films line producer Sandra Alexander said the French had been impressed not only by the geography of the Northern Rivers, but also the local talent pool, including its indigenous actors.

“The French producers and director have been delighted with the beauty and variety of the region,” she said.

“And they’ve been particularly delighted with the depth of creative and technical talent to be found in the area.”

In addition to the 11 local cast members, Ms Alexander said the company had also employed 50 extras, 16 professional crew members and several businesses such as transport operators, catering and accommodation services and suppliers.

Foudre is now in its fourth season. The fast-paced adventure series follows the travels of Alex and his best friend Leo in France, as well as the South Pacific region.

Local professionals have been sourced by Northern Rivers Screenworks, which was also employed to assist with locating local talent.

Screenworks general manager Jill Moonie said she needed to find professionals who also had French language skills, but that had not been difficult.

“I’m sure there will be some very excited and happy people getting work,” Ms Moonie said.

“It’s a considerable boost for the Northern Rivers in terms of promoting the area and utilising our expertise.”

The series will air in France in August and is expected to showcase the Northern Rivers region to an audience of more that 700,000 in France alone.

Ms Alexander said the show would be also sold to 20 other countries, mostly in Europe.

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