Smoko for $79m Qld screen production holds up house sale

US actor Annette Bening stars in the screen adaptation of Apples Never Fall. Inset: the Paradise Waters house where cast and crew had lunch breaks
A $79 million screen production starring Annette Bening and Sam Neill has stalled the auction campaign of a Gold Coast home, after producers commandeered the waterfront property for cast and crew’s smokos.
Marketing agent Emma Jeffries, of Harcourts Coastal, was about to launch the sale campaign for the three-bedroom home at Paradise Waters when she was informed the street would be closed for the filming of the TV adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel, Apples Never Fall.
“All this week I was busily preparing to launch and then this phone call just made it in time for me to postpone for a week,” Ms Jeffries said.
The series is a screen adaptation of Aussie author Liane Moriarty’s bestseller Source: Supplied
She said Tara Davies, of ANF Productions, called to “inform of restricted access to the streets for the filming of the new series”.
“[Ms Davies] then went on to ask can they utilise the 30-plus metre frontage to host the staff and crew and actor tent for coffee and lunch breaks out the front for a small reimbursement token,” Ms Jeffries said.
“Too funny — well if they are injecting $79m into the Australian economy for the series it won’t hurt when I say, ‘hey, are you the buyers for this property?’.”
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Ms Jeffries delayed the campaign for 3 Midshipman Ct by one week, with the “entry-level property in a tightly held location” now to go under the hammer on June 17.
The single-level home on a 744sq m canalfront lot is on the market for the first time in 43 years and has a pool and entertaining area with built-in barbecue.
Located in a quiet cul-de-sac, the property has city skyline views and offers easy access to the main river for boating enthusiasts, Ms Jeffries said.
Sam Neill also stars in the series (Photo by Geoff Robins / AFP)
Bening, a four-time Academy Award-nominated US actress, plays the role of Joy Delaney in the limited series production of Apples Never Fall, while Neill stars as her husband Stan.
Aussie author Moriarty serves as an executive producer of the psychological thriller, with Universal International Studios’ Matchbox Pictures managing the local production of the series for NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service in the US.
Set in Sydney, Apples Never Fall following married couple Joy and Stan, who have sold their famed tennis academy when Joy disappears, forcing their adult children to re-examine their family relationships.

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