LYDIARD Street was in lockdown today as the filming of ABC series
The historic street took step back almost 50 years in the past for the shooting of the ABC series, with the street blocked off to traffic all day.
The Regent Multiplex will be a centrepiece of the filming, recreated to resemble a 1959 cinema with preview posters on the outside of the building promoting old movies.
Shooting will take place from dusk till dawn, with all buildings in the main stretch of Lydiard Street North to be used in the production, from the cinemas down to the Ballarat Gold Shop near Sturt Street.
Series producer George Adams said there would also be a handful of period cars and costumes on set to give the set a true 1950s feel.
The shooting will mainly be for the first episode of the series and will feature a wide range of Ballarat icons, which Mr Adams said was crucial to establish Ballarat as the host city of the drama.
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Two cameras will be filming in Lydiard Street, while another will be roaming the city all day, capturing Ballarat’s icons for the series.
“Establishing Ballarat as the town in the first episode is so important and that is what we will be trying to do,” he said.
“People who watch the series from the outset will be left with no doubt that it is shot in Ballarat.”
Filming will also take place over the rest of the week, inside many buildings and Ballarat’s most famous natural icon — Lake Wendouree.
And without giving anything away, Mr Adams hinted there would be a dead body found in the lake.
“We are really looking forward to it. And even if it does rain that’s fine, the true weather of the city if what we want,” he said.
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The series stars Craig McLachlan and Nadine Gardiner. Shooting began in April and will run until August, with the show due to be aired on ABC1 next year.