Crew of Stan production Invisible Boys spotted at Sunset Beach toilet block

Anna CoxGeraldton Guardian
Signs on Chapman Road and Swan Drive pointed towards the set at a Sunset Beach toilet block.
Camera IconSigns on Chapman Road and Swan Drive pointed towards the set at a Sunset Beach toilet block. Credit: Anna Cox

An unassuming suburban toilet block in Sunset Beach has become the first set location in Geraldton for filming of the Stan adaptation of Holden Sheppard’s book Invisible Boys.

The ablution block at the end of Swan Drive in Sunset Beach was fenced off on Monday morning, with signs indicating where crew could park.

The City of Greater Geraldton put out an official statement last week which notified residents of potential disruptions to amenities due to the filming over the next four weeks.

Launch of The Best Australian Yarn 2023. Pictured - Award winning WA author Holden Sheppard
Camera IconAward-winning Geraldton author Holden Sheppard Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

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“Community members may notice a large amount of crew and equipment associated with the production which will be taking place at various locations in Geraldton over the coming weeks,” the statement read.

City of Greater Geraldton mayor Jerry Clune told the Geraldton Guardian, the city had meetings with the crew “a couple of months ago” to negotiate a plan for the production.

Mr Clune told Radio MAMA on Sunday morning: “They’ve picked out some strategic locations to do this filming. Of course if you imagine you bring your trucks, generators and cabling and all that, so it needs to be blocked off. But it’s only for a day or two days.”

Mr Clune added the size of the production was notable.

“It’s a big production, so there’s probably 10 or more trucks involved in doing the filming and setting things up.”

Further locations for filming are yet to be revealed, however the City is aware where the crew will be during their time in Geraldton.

“There will be a few streets and areas closed off over the next few weeks so it’ll be a bit of an inconvenience, but a small price to pay to show off our beautiful city and coastline,” Mr Clune told the Guardian.

The production is a 10-part adaptation of the novel of the same name, written by local author Holden Sheppard exploring the stories of queer youths in Geraldton.

It’s understood the Recreation Ground and Aquarena might be other filming locations.

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