Producers of the recent Australian Story had to get very creative to film a recent two-part episode during (both) Melbourne lockdowns.
An article at ABC Online details how a profile of stalking victim Di McDonald was challenged by rules around social distancing, curfews, work permits and COVID-19.
Classified as essential workers, we had permits that gave us an exemption from the stay-at-home orders but no guests were allowed to visit the ABC’s studios and we were banned from going into anyone’s home.
We could travel more than 5 kilometres but we had to all drive to filming locations separately.
On one occasion, that involved three of us driving in different cars from Melbourne to Benalla, a five-hour round trip.
Of course, we all had to wear masks except when actually speaking on camera.
“This story threw us many curve balls,” recalls Belinda Hawkins.
“There was always a question mark about whether we were acting within the rules.”
At one stage neighbours even called police.
Producer Belinda Hawkins recalled, it “scared the living daylights out of me” when a police car pulled up behind her.
Everyone scrambled to find their work permits.