German film crew shoots telemovie in Mid Murray district

The Mid Murray district is the backdrop for a German telemovie currently in production. Photo: Murray River, Lakes and Coorong Tourism Alliance/file.
The Mid Murray district is the backdrop for a German telemovie currently in production. Photo: Murray River, Lakes and Coorong Tourism Alliance/file.

A film crew will visit Mannum during the next week to shoot parts of a German-Australian telemovie.

German production company Schiwago Film and Adelaide-based 57 Films are teaming up to produce Barefoot Through Australia, the working title of a 90-minute feature about a jet-setting hotel developer and her headstrong teenage daughter.

The crew has already shot scenes at a quarry at Cowirra, aboard a paddlesteamer near Caloote, on a citrus farm at Morgan and at the Punyelroo Cave near Swan Reach, as well as on local roads.

More scenes are due to be filmed on the river at Mannum and at the Crawford Crescent lookout overlooking the town before the crew moves on to the Barossa Valley, Adelaide and the outback.

The Mid Murray council had been working closely with the production companies, chief executive officer Ben Scales said.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to highlight some of the best of our beautiful Murray River environment, heritage and lifestyle to television audiences throughout Europe," he said.

"This level of international exposure has the potential to raise international interest in our region, which could well translate into economic benefits for our visitor economy."

He encouraged residents to come down to Mary Ann Reserve next week and take a look, and to be patient with any temporary access restrictions which might apply.

Similar productions in Schiwago's River of Life series have reached almost 4.5 million viewers in Germany via broadcaster 2DF, plus more in other countries.

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