How Australian Story completed episodes under curfew
At one stage during Melbourne filming, neighbours even called police on an ABC crew.
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.