Entertainment

TV series to be shot in the Tweed looking for 100s of extras

Brett Popplewell and Barry Longland in Murwillumbah for the new TV show.
Brett Popplewell and Barry Longland in Murwillumbah for the new TV show. John Gass

A US television series to be made in the Tweed is expected to inject about $3 million into the region's economy.

Australian production company Matchbox Picture is to make the comedy drama series Camp at Crams Farm, south of Uki.

The shooting is expected to begin on March 18.

Producer Brett Popplewell said it was a 14-week shoot with 10 one-hour episodes expected to be made in that time.

"It (Crams Farm) is closed during the week but will be open to the public on the weekend," Mr Popplewell said.

"The end section will be converted into a US summer camp.

"The location works well for us. It's beautiful."

Mr Popplewell said the 200-300 extras used in the series would be sourced from the Tweed and the $20 million production is expected to inject $3 million into the economy.

Tweed Shire mayor Barry Longland said that $3 million was probably a conservative estimate.

"The benefit for the Tweed here is direct, with the crew taking a six-month lease on the empty Murwillumbah Bowls Club as their base for a crew of 70, plus actors and extras," Cr Longland said.

"As they're using Murwillumbah as their base, that's a lot of motel beds, meals and fuel that will be provided by local motels, hotels, cafes, restaurants, petrol stations, fresh food businesses and supermarkets."

Cr Longland said it would also benefit local tradies.

"While it (Camp) won't put the Tweed on the map in the United States as a destination, it is another reminder of the potential of the Tweed as a wonderful film location, following on from films such as Muriel's Wedding, Mental and Lou," he said.

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