Curious Tales

By Andrea Goddard

It is not only because today is a winter’s day in Sydney…crisp in temperature, flat and grey…but it is in post Covid-19 times and international crews unable to shoot down in Australia for the moment, I now have the time to reflect back at the one of the great shoots that started 2020 of with a bang…Uluru!

Filming at Uluru is hot on any day of the year.

It’s mind-blowingly beautiful and is almost a ‘gift’ to be able to film out there. My start to 2020 had me Film Fixing for a large TV crew out of London and for all sorts of reasons the shoot at Uluru had to be scheduled in January (the hardest time of the year) and all sorts of measures had to go in to place not only to support my new Northern Hemisphere friends…. but for me as well!!

Its beauty, that red dirt, the spiritual feeling you get just being out there, the peace and tranquility, the sheer size of Uluru itself, is what grabs you from the moment you fly in. For a first timer or a tenth timer it does it to you every time. But the dry desert heat of a film shoot takes it to the next level. Oxford Circus and Big Ben were now a VERY long way away for this English crew!! You can only imagine the body shock from London to the Northern Territory in an Australian Summer…I was the local girl and I found it tough!

Hotel towels on the heads of crew and wrapped around their shoulders, on top of cameras, absorbing sweat and avoiding sunburn. Umbrellas were popping up over cast, being held above camera operators and covering Directors… These were serious protection umbrellas…the big league with a special UV coated fabric! Whatever it took to survive 46 degrees we did. But we weren’t alone…. We were at Uluru with the entire fly population of Australia…so fly nets and swimming goggles were an essential part of our daily wardrobe.

The filming day was scheduled with a European summer approach by splitting the day in to two. Early starts, midday siestas and back out in the late afternoon to capture the magical sunsets and enjoy the cooler temperature. Filming camels, drone shots and story time. The shoot was physical and unforgettable, epic and tough, but under all the sun-cream and large Bunning’s hats, the London crew travelled back to the chill with drives of stunning footage and hearts full of memories and I left feeling really lucky to share such an amazing location.