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Sea Patrol resumes filming in Far North Queensland

THE television drama Sea Patrol will resume shooting in Queensland this month as the state plays host to several productions, one starring Oscar winner Jodie Foster.

The second series of the Australian drama will begin filming at Mission Beach, in the state's far north, next Friday.

Filming will also take place in Cairns and on the Gold Coast.

Premier Anna Bligh today welcomed the series back to Queensland.

"By the time series two wraps, Sea Patrol will have created more than 500 jobs, providing valuable career opportunities for Queenslanders," Ms Bligh said.

Alan Dale, Australian actor turned international star previously of Neighbours fame, will feature in the new series his first foray back into Australian television in over a decade.

Dale, who has starred in Ugly Betty, 24, Lost, The OC and The Practice, will make a special guest appearance as a villainous mining entrepreneur, joining series regulars Lisa McCune and Ian Stenlake.

Arts Minister Rod Welford said Dale joined an impressive list of Hollywood stars who have worked in Queensland over the past year.

"Our state has welcomed Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland and Matthew McConaughey for Fool's Gold; Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe for Daybreakers; Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman for Australia and Debra Messing for The Starter Wife," Mr Welford said.

"Also, Jodie Foster will move to Hinchinbrook Island from the Gold Coast next week to continue filming US feature film Nim's Island."

Mr Welford said Sea Patrol would be one of three productions filming concurrently in far north Queensland over the next month, along with Nim's Island and US television series, The Pacific.

September 20, 2007
The Courier-Mail