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Is Top Gear filming in Canberra today?

By thingamy 10 August 2008 28

Parkes Way is closed to traffic today from just after the Acton Peninsula turn off to the round about at the bottom of Anzac Parade. 

When we attempted to drive that way this morning, we saw a bright orange lotus parked just beyond where the road had been closed off. Is Top Gear filming in Canberra today?

UPDATED: Sepi says: “It is closed so a movie can film a car chase.


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Holden Caulfield 12:27 am 12 Aug 08

I highly doubt The Stig is an “actual” F1 driver either. Ben Collins is the most common name bandied about, with reasonable circumstantial evidence to back up the suggestion. Please, enlighten me with your supposed facts.

I just think it’s pretty damn funny that iCanberran reckons the Australian guys are a bunch of metrosexuals yet he chooses to judge them by their fashion, while electing to conveniently overlook the bona fide driving credentials of Cox and Pizzati. Hahahaaa, love your work!

Davo111 8:13 pm 11 Aug 08

If they are genuinely funny, and get on in a quirky way (but are not told to replicate uk characters) then the show will go fine.

iCanberran 6:57 pm 11 Aug 08

Oh yeah, while this is my opinion at the moment, I’m certainly hoping it turns out great. Who knows, there may have been some bad words said when the first pick of the UK team was published.

Thumper 4:45 pm 11 Aug 08

Oh yeah, I’ll watch it for sure 😉

johnboy 4:04 pm 11 Aug 08

I think the cast has promise and SBS have a good record with local production these days.

So I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt and will watch the first couple.

Thumper 4:01 pm 11 Aug 08

So instead of a print journalist with whose an honorary Doctor in Engineering (Clarkson), a classical pianist and journalist (May) and TV/Radio presenter (Hammond) plus the Stig (an actual F1 driver)…

And these guys are genuinely funny.

iCanberran 3:52 pm 11 Aug 08

Holden Caulfield said :

iCanberran said :

if it were the UK Top Gear I’d be excited. The Aussie Top Gear looks like it’s going to be pretty weak. Three metro sexual, skinny latte sipping whimps who spend more time picking out shirts and doing their hair (judging by the promo shots) than actually talking about cars.

Perhaps instead of just looking at the promo shots you might have taken the time to read their bios. On driving talent and achievements alone two of the Australian crew have far better qualifications than any of the UK originals. Which just goes to show it’s as much about how they work together and the efforts of the producers.

How about you give them a chance before thinking you’re an expert.

http://www21.sbs.com.au/topgear/media/images//1053062009483df9a083fa9.jpg

Their Bios:

Charlie Cox was a broadcast journalist with a number of Sydney radio stations before moving to England to continue his career in radio and to race cars.

Warren Brown is an award winning cartoonist and regular motoring columnist with The Daily Telegraph.

Steve Pizzati is the youngest member of the cast and calls himself a ‘gun for hire’. Steve is an advanced driving instructor and race driver for Porsche Australia and is part of the International Audi driver training team in Melbourne. He freelances as a motoring journalist and photography stunt driver, is a self confessed science geek and was on track to become a jet pilot but was knocked back in the final round due to poor eyesight.

So instead of a print journalist with whose an honorary Doctor in Engineering (Clarkson), a classical pianist and journalist (May) and TV/Radio presenter (Hammond) plus the Stig (an actual F1 driver)…

… we get a cartoonist who writes for a tabloid, a half blind science geek and radio personality who prefers Britain. Indeed, much better credentials. I think one look at what these guys wear though screams that they take themselves too seriously.

Thumper 10:52 am 11 Aug 08

Geez, I meant comedy group..

Sorry ’bout that…

Thumper 10:50 am 11 Aug 08

Frankly, I can’t see Australian top gear coming anywhere the British original version.

Clarkeson, Hammond, Mr Slow and the Stig are a perfect couple group, who know a bit about cars as well.

I will, however, be watching it.

Holden Caulfield 10:43 am 11 Aug 08

iCanberran said :

if it were the UK Top Gear I’d be excited. The Aussie Top Gear looks like it’s going to be pretty weak. Three metro sexual, skinny latte sipping whimps who spend more time picking out shirts and doing their hair (judging by the promo shots) than actually talking about cars.

Perhaps instead of just looking at the promo shots you might have taken the time to read their bios. On driving talent and achievements alone two of the Australian crew have far better qualifications than any of the UK originals. Which just goes to show it’s as much about how they work together and the efforts of the producers.

How about you give them a chance before thinking you’re an expert.

mutley 9:44 pm 10 Aug 08

OzChick said :

SheepGroper said :

It was the last item on today’s ABC news, they devoted a couple of minutes to footage of the chase being filmed and an interview with the driver. Pretty car.

Thought the actor driving the car was pretty cute. Yes, the car was very nice…

OMG – sexist comment!!! I had to run my eyes over it and demand that it be stopped!!!!

ant 9:26 pm 10 Aug 08

I wonder why they’re filming this in Canberra? That cinematographer sounds like a pretty heavy-hitter. Interesting stuff.

OzChick 8:46 pm 10 Aug 08

SheepGroper said :

It was the last item on today’s ABC news, they devoted a couple of minutes to footage of the chase being filmed and an interview with the driver. Pretty car.

Thought the actor driving the car was pretty cute. Yes, the car was very nice…

BigDave 8:41 pm 10 Aug 08

The aliens are fine!

BigDave 8:40 pm 10 Aug 08

I wish Canberra drivers would abandon the planet.

Perhaps the idea was irritate the aliens so badly with Canberra driving that they abandoned the planet.

SheepGroper 8:10 pm 10 Aug 08

It was the last item on today’s ABC news, they devoted a couple of minutes to footage of the chase being filmed and an interview with the driver. Pretty car.

BigDave 7:56 pm 10 Aug 08

Seems pretty fitting that they wanted to film a movie about aliens in Canberra…

BenMac 7:41 pm 10 Aug 08

Found this on ScreenACT’s Website

It was announced by Canberra based Andrew Dillon, executive producer of That’s-A-Wrap Productions, that the company has signed award-winning Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie to be Director of Photography for its upcoming science fiction action-adventure project, Resistance.

Resistance is the story of a covert attempt by aliens from outer space to take over the Earth and a guerrilla-style battle to stop them when most of the world won’t believe the threat exists. Its focus is on a band of super-smart teenagers at the centre of the conflict: who help save the world while dealing with school, hormones and dating.

Andrew Lesnie is a master cinematographer with a broad range of experience in television and motion pictures, his recent work includes all three of the Lord of the Rings movies (for which he won an Oscar) as well as King Kong and I Am Legend.

“I pride myself on bringing to every production a wealth of passion, enthusiasm and desire for great filmmaking” said Lesnie. “I become inspired by my collaborators and great projects. And Resistance is a project that truly excites me. It should be a lot of fun.”

Full production on the feature length Resistance project is planned for late 2008, with some preliminary scenes being shot in Canberra in upcoming months.

JC 6:36 pm 10 Aug 08

Actually Davo many rip off shows work well in Aust. It is just that we don’t realise they are rip offs.

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