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Lights! Camera! Action! Harrow visits Southern Downs

Lights, camera, action! The Southern Downs was abuzz with excitement in February when the cast and crew of acclaimed television drama Harrow landed in Warwick and Allora.

Featuring Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd and Australian stars Darren Gilshenan and Jolene Anderson, Harrow tells the story of protagonist Dr Daniel Harrow, a forensic pathologist with a total disregard for authority.

Played by Gruffudd, Dr Harrow has an unfailing empathy for the dead which helps him solve even the most bizarre cases.

Scenes for season two of the ABC’s television hit were filmed at various locations across the region including Allora, Lake Leslie and Rosenthal Heights.

Produced by Hoodlum Productions, the Southern Downs was chosen by the company following the success of filming an episode of Channel Seven’s Wanted in the region in 2015.

“Production companies view the Southern Downs as a strong option when scouting for locations for filming,” Rod Kelly, Councillor for Economic Development, Regional Promotion and Tourism, said.

“There has been a number of TV series and movies partly filmed in the region and Council continues to build those relationships.

“When producers are scouting for film locations we want the Southern Downs to be in the forefront of their minds and there is plenty of opportunity for our region to be a destination for film and television.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to put our region on the map and hosting big filming crews delivers a range of economic benefits to our accommodation providers and retailers and our entire region.”

Season two of Harrow is expected to spend more than $17.3 million on Queensland jobs, goods and services and employ 273 crew, 75 cast and 800 extras across production, post-production and visual effects.

Councillors Rod Kelly, Yve Stocks and Sheryl Windle paid a visit to the set of Harrow while filming was taking place at historic Glenvale Homestead at Rosenthal Heights.

Councillor for Communities, Towns and Villages Sheryl Windle said visiting the set was a valuable experience.

“The cast and crew were very welcoming and friendly,” Cr Windle said.

“It was a wonderful experience and being behind the scenes was very interesting.”

Cr Kelly said the production brought plenty of excitement to the region and some locals even had the opportunity to seize their 15 minutes of fame.

The six locals will feature as extras in a scene shot at Allora’s Railway Hotel.

“A number of Allora fellows were approached by the producer at one of the local pubs and given the opportunity to make their television debut,” Cr Kelly said.

 “I’m sure they were all natural talents and will go down in Australian television history!” Cr Kelly said.

“Who knows? We may even have our very own TV star here on the Southern Downs.”

Harrow also stars well-known Australian actors Gary Sweet, Tony Barry, Mirrah Foulkes and Anna Lise Phillips.

Season two of Harrow will air on ABC1 in Australia later in 2019.

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