Film crew shooting in Geraldton causes roads and amenities to close for mystery production

Anna CoxGeraldton Guardian
Holden Sheppard’s debut novel Invisible Boys is being adapted for a Stan series.
Camera IconHolden Sheppard’s debut novel Invisible Boys is being adapted for a Stan series. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

Filming of the Stan adaptation of Holden Sheppard’s debut novel Invisible Boys is expected to take place in Geraldton over the next month.

The City of Greater Geraldton on Thursday issued an alert that temporary alterations to traffic and access to certain public amenities would be put in place to accommodate a film crew visiting over the next four weeks.

“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,” the council statement read.

“Members of the community are requested to obey all signs and directions from authorised personnel and contractors whilst filming is occurring. We appreciate your patience and understanding in making Geraldton a film friendly city.”

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The council was unable to confirm which production the crew was filming for, but strong speculation is circling around the pending Stan adaption of Invisible Boys by local author Holden Sheppard.

It was revealed last year that the homegrown author had signed a deal with Stan to turn the LGBTQIA+ tale into a 10-part series with production company Screenwest.

In August 2023, Sheppard revealed the series would commence production in Perth and Geraldton “in the near future”.

“I had every hope Invisible Boys would make it, but for most writers your main goal is to get your book published and that can take 20 to 30 years of your life,” he said.

“To have it in film is really exciting.”

According to an official release, Invisible Boys “explores the challenges faced by a group of gay teens in the remote coastal town of Geraldton, Western Australia, after one of them is outed on social media following an encounter with a married man”.

Sheppard, who grew up in Spalding, is closely involved in the screen adaptation of his award-winning debut novel which was published 2019.

There are no other screen productions set to be filmed in the city that the Geraldton Guardian is aware of. Updates to possible disruptions will be communicated via the City’s website and facebook page.

If you spot the film crew in Geraldton, email anna.cox@wanews.com.au

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