Hollywood comes to Broadmeadows

Hollywood will come to Broadmeadows this Thursday (27 August 2015) as a US cable television company films a scene at Jack Roper Reserve for the much-anticipated series, Hunters.

Universal Cable Productions, a division of NBCUniversal, has spent a number of weeks filming its thriller across Melbourne, with the production crew based at a warehouse in Broadmeadows.

The crew’s trucks will descend on Jack Roper Reserve for a shoot on Thursday morning in support of a short scene that involves a car.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said he was thrilled to welcome the American production to Broadmeadows.

“This is a really big deal and it’s exciting that such a top American television show has chosen to film at a beautiful park in Broadmeadows,” Cr Atmaca said.

“The series will air on the Syfy channel in the United States and across the globe in 2016, and we’ll all be watching as the world takes a glimpse at Broadmeadows.

“We’re so proud of Hume and I’m confident that Hunters will offer a unique way to showcase our magnificent municipality.”

Hunters is produced by top American filmmakers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, Terminator Trilogy) and Natalie Chaidez (12 Monkeys, Heroes).

The series centres on an FBI agent from Baltimore whose life becomes complicated after his wife disappears.

The agent uncovers a secret government unit which exists to track down a number of ruthless terrorists, dark figures that may or may not be from this world.

Cr Atmaca said the lead actor in Hunters presented a very strong link to Hume.

“Nathan Phillips plays FBI agent Flynn, and he was actually born in Sunbury,” he said.

“Nathan has been in some really big shows, like The Bridge, These Final Hours, Wolf Creek and Snakes on a Plane, and it is great to welcome him back home to Hume.

“He is a sensational actor and we’re so proud of the international career that Nathan has forged after an initial break in the 1990s on Neighbours.”

Canadian Britne Oldford plays a government operative alongside Nathan, and she’s well-known for her starring role in American Horror Story.

Hunters is a 13-part series which is based on a book called Alien Hunter, by Whitley Strieber.

Cr Atmaca said he was confident the production’s cast and crew would enjoy their time in Hume.

“Jack Roper Reserve on Camp Road is a great place to visit because it’s set amongst a tranquil lake and offers attractions for the entire family,” he said.

“It’s a lovely setting for a picnic and presents a soccer field that is very popular at twilight and on weekends.”

Visitors to the park on Thursday morning are likely to be advised of changed traffic conditions during filming.

Further information on filming in Hume is here.

Updated : 6:02 PM, 26 August 2015

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