I haven’t spoken about the Jellicoe script for a while but I do promise it’s still happening. As I’ve mentioned before, we have a very strong production team consisting of Sue Taylor the producer, Kate Woods, the director and myself, the scriptwriter. The reaction to the script has been wonderful and our first step is casting Taylor Markham, which is what we’re working on at the moment.
We’re also talking location. For the last couple of days I’ve been away on a mini break with my friend and publisher Laura Harris and we decided to head up to an area that I think looks much like the Jellicoe of the film script. The photograph above is a dead end road we accidently stumbled across (which means we got lost). Also true to the novel, I didn’t have phone coverage for a couple of days.
Below is a photo of the Bellingen Festival which was on Saturday. I loved this park on the Bellinger river because it reminded me of the Gala Day scene where the three factions get into a fight and Taylor ends up in gaol with Jonah and Santangelo.
The beauty of Dorrigo, which is 30ks away from Bellingen, is its waterfalls and National Parks. I’m getting better with my photography but there was no way I captured the beautiful light of these towns.
Below is how I picture Hannah’s veranda (but not her House which is going to be glass all around. I have a feeling that Hannah’s house and the School will be built for the production)
And here was a constant visitor outside our place in Coffs Harbour.