June, 2019Its known as the backdrop to Hollywood blockbusters but now
Queenstowns hitting the small screen in moody new drama.
The resort is a major setting in TV series Straight Forward, a Danish-
New Zealand co-production.
The show revolves around Danish con-woman Sylvia Petersen, who
escapes to NZ from Copenhagen after a plan to get revenge on a crime
boss goes awry.
It stars Danish actress Cecile Stenspil and Kiwi actor Mark Mitchinson.
The show premiered on Acorn TV in the United States and Canada and
on TVNZ On Demand this month. Producer Philly de Lacey says the fact
Queenstown and Copenhagen are polar opposites appealed to the team
behind the show.
Queenstowns absolutely unique and stunning, theres no doubt about
that, she says.
For our Danish partners, it was something theyd never seen before.
We wanted to create two really distinctive worlds.
Filming took place in Queenstown in April last year, which De Lacey says
was really fun.
It was also a fish out of water experience for the Danish cast
members, she says. They were in NZ for six months, and I think when
they arrived they didnt know what they had walked into, she laughs.
They really got into the adventures of NZ.
She hopes the production will lead to more dramas being shot in
Queenstown and the rest of the country.
Recent productions filmed in Queenstown and the surrounding area
include Mission: Impossible Fallout, A Wrinkle in Time, Alien
Covenant and Petes Dragon.
Source: Mountain Scene
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