Any Australian science fiction fans out there remember the television series Farscape? Well we played our part in the series, with Centennial Parklands featuring in a number of episodes.

Let’s take a quick look back at a few highlights…

 

Firstly, what was Farscape about?

Farscape was an Australian science fiction series, produced by Jim Henson Productions and Hallmark Entertainment. While the series was under contract for five seasons, it was cancelled after four (later Henson would buy out the rights to the series to finish the show, as it was cancelled on a fourth season cliffhanger!).

The first four series were filmed between 1998 and 2002. This included filming scenes on several occasions in Centennial Park:

 

Scenes from the episode "The Locket" were partly filmed in Pine Grove

Scenes from the episode “The Locket” were partly filmed in Pine Grove

 

A statue is blown apart!

During one particular scene, the Farscape crew created a large-scale ‘stone statue’ and created an ‘explosion’ that blew the statue to pieces. Compressed air spouts that were placed just under the surface of the pond water created the ‘splashes’ that were part of the scene.

 

The Farscape statue is erected...

The Farscape statue is erected…

 

Air compressors (to create the special effects) are placed in the water...

Air compressors (to create the special effects) are placed in the water…

 

And what happened next?

Well, watch this!

 

 

Part of big and small screen history…

Centennial Parklands has not only inspired many artists, writers and photographers, but also been the backdrop for many filming projects. And we’ve been involved for a long time.

How long?

One of the earliest movies that used the Parklands was The Kid Stakes (1927) – so nearly 90 years!

Today the Parklands is one of the most sought after filming locations in Sydney.

 

Find out more

Click here if you want to find out more and see more of our credits. And if you’re interested in filming in the Parklands, visit our website for all the information.

 

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