On the set with Gods of Wheat Street at Coraki
On the set with Gods of Wheat Street at Coraki

Why Wheat St is God at Coraki

TEONI Huet of Coraki doesn't have to move too far from her front veranda to go to the movies.

The latest television drama, a six part series called The Gods of Wheat Street, is being filmed right outside her house.

"I watched them build a house and do lots of preparation work on set," she said with her mug of tea in hand.

"It's awesome for Coraki.

"I've 'liked' their page on Facebook to keep up with all the news of their filming."

With one week down already, filming will continue for the next eight 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."

 

Gods of Wheat Street co-producer Lois Randall with the series’ writer Jon Bell.
Gods of Wheat Street co-producer Lois Randall with the series’ writer Jon Bell.

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."