A hearse was spotted outside Milners Picture Frames in Broadford last month as part of filming for the upcoming Strange Creatures movie by Humdrum Comedy. ​

By Max Davies

It’s not every day that people see a film crew, actors, props and even a hearse on Broadford’s High Street but that’s what caught the eye of many passersby last month.

Humdrum Comedy, an Australian production company that creates content for TV, theatre and online, is currently working on one of their latest movies titled ‘Strange Creatures’, with Broadford and its surrounds serving as an ideal backdrop for some of its more personal scenes.

The movie follows the story of two estranged brothers who embark on a journey together after the passing of their mother, who wanted her ashes to be spread at the family home in rural New South Wales.

The movie’s title ‘Strange Creatures’ comes from the quote ‘what strange creatures brothers are!’ by novelist Jane Austen, and reflects the nature of the relationship between the story’s siblings.

Humdrum Comedy co-founder and producer Riley Nottingham said it was a long process to pinpoint Broadford as a filming location, however stores including the High Street Bakery and Milners Picture Frames helped seal the deal.

“We’ve been all across Victoria but the main street of Broadford was the perfect location for the bakery, florist and places like that, it came across as an ideal childhood town,” he said.

“The people were very friendly, when we were filming in the bakery there were still customers coming in, so at one point half the people in the shop were cast and crew while the rest were real customers and staff.”

Mr Nottingham said Broadford was accommodating to the Strange Creatures cast and crew, including St Matthew’s Anglican Church which served as a production ‘base camp’, housing equipment, costumes, props and dressing rooms during filming.

“People were very accommodating and understanding, it was awesome and it helped streamline filming,” he said.

“When we had the hearse out, people stayed out of the shot and were understanding but still interested about what was going on.

“We just want to say a thank you to the people of Broadford, we can’t tell you how much we went around to try and find the right location so your help goes a long way.”

Filming for the movie was completed earlier this month, with the crew and production team now preparing for a few months of editing and other work ahead of the project’s expected completion later this year.

Mr Nottingham said Humdrum Comedy would consider hosting a premiere of Strange Creatures in Broadford as a thank you to the town and its residents for their assistance during production.

For more information on Humdrum Comedy, including current projects and upcoming releases, people can visit www.humdrumcomedy.tv.