CORAKI HOLLYWOOD: A scene from The Gods of Wheat Street being filmed in Allwood St, Coraki. The Torana is an integral part of the story. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times
CORAKI HOLLYWOOD: A scene from The Gods of Wheat Street being filmed in Allwood St, Coraki. The Torana is an integral part of the story. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times Samantha Elley

Wheat Street a real taste of Tinsel Town

MID Richmond Plumbing in Coraki has had a name change to Hamilton's Automotive.

That is until the filming of the latest television drama, a six-part series called The Gods of Wheat Street, is finished.

With two weeks down already, filming will continue for the next seven weeks, mainly in Coraki but also in Lismore and Casino.

"The series is about an Aboriginal family of local legends," producer Lois Randall said.

"The head of the family, Odin Freeburn, is a mechanic and there is a rivalry that exists with another mechanic in town."

With many pressures on Odin - the responsibilities of dealing with a brother in jail, his wife running away and his sister-in-law in love with him - the story is based on how he manages to cope with his life, letting go of the past to save the future.

The story is an original concept by Jon Bell, an indigenous screenwriter who grew up on Wheat Street in Casino.

Locals have had the chance to be part of the production as extras and, in the case of Forest Glen Organic Farm at Bungawalbin, providers of important services.

"We are feeding 45 people in Coraki every day with good nutritious food," owner Trevor Roberts said.

"Many of the vegetables come from our farm.

"We'll be doing that up to December 12 when filming finishes."



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