By TRACEY ROXBURGH
It’s all go for two high-profile TV shoots in the Whakatipu.
Great Southern Television’s second season of crime thriller One Lane Bridge started shooting in the Basin last week.
Pictured on location at Glenorchy’s Dart River Bridge on Monday are, from left, Dominic Ona-Ariki, who plays Ariki Davis, a detective haunted by visions of the dead, Phoebe McKellar (Tilly), and Queenstown extras Cameron Steele, from Monarch Model Management, and Malcolm McKee from talent agency Ican.
Earlier this month Mountain Scene reported One Lane Bridge 2’s budget’s estimated to be
$7 million to $8m, of which half will be spent locally.
About 200 people are working on both One Lane Bridge 2 and Under The Vines, being shot
across Central Otago, including in Queenstown, of whom about 70% are locals, with a few
hundred extras being called on for both shoots.
The five-part second series of One Lane Bridge 2 is being directed by Peter Burger, alongside executive producer Queenstowner Philip Smith, part-owner of Great Southern Television, and co-produced by Wellington-based Lisa Chatfield.
The shoot’s expected to take about 10 weeks, while the show will hit screens late this year.
Filming’s meant the closure of the Glenorchy-Routeburn Road from the intersection with
Humes Rd to the intersection of the Routeburn-Kinloch Rd intersection this week — those
closures continue today, from 2pm to 6pm, and 9pm to 1.30am tomorrow.