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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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Is Top Gear filming in Canberra today?
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.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 8:38 pm 10 Aug 08

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.

Davo111 5:39 pm 10 Aug 08

Anything that’s usually made to rip off an overseas tv show is destined to fail. Just look at queer eye Australia, it got pulled off the air after 2(?) shows.

Good luck to the new film, hope it is actually good.

iCanberran 5:37 pm 10 Aug 08

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.

AstralPlane 4:26 pm 10 Aug 08

Page 5 of yesterday’s times said it was closed for making a film called “Resistance”, with a car chase scene apparently by someone who had something to do with the Matrix.

Bundybear 4:24 pm 10 Aug 08

Wishful thinking. (@3+4)

Davo111 4:02 pm 10 Aug 08

why assume its top gear?

pelican 2:53 pm 10 Aug 08

I wondered where I had left my car. Thanks 🙂

OzChick 2:23 pm 10 Aug 08

I heard that it was for a movie too.

sepi 2:17 pm 10 Aug 08

It is closed so a movie can film a car chase. There was a para in yesterday’s paper about it.

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