Postcard from Highway One #55:  Mellywood

8 July 2006

This years incarnation of the Southern Hibearnation staple, Bearcadia, was entitled Mellywood, an exploration of filming locations in and around Melbourne. It's one of my favourite events on the Hibearnation calendar; Put together by Melbourne heritage architect, Dale Kruse, these walking tours are an interesting blend of the cosmopolitan, the architectural and the cultural.

From the Kath and Kim episode featuring Kel and Brett chained naked to the steps of Flinders Street station to the Bollywood epic dance sequence shot in Fed Square, there's something for everyone.

Like the surprising fact that several Jackie Chan movies (Mr Nice Guy and Shanghai Noon) were shot in Melbourne's Chinatown. After combing New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sydney, Mr Chan discovered Melbourne's Chinatown and couldn't go past it.

And who could forget that Aussie classic, Malcolm, in which a young Colin Friels wins your heart as the eccentric bank robber with a tram as a getaway car?

Thanks Dale, you've outdone yourself!


Seumas stretches his boundaries
Degraves Street
Red Hat
Cameron, Dirk, Benji and...
On the move...
Benji, Dirk, Cameron and...
Town Hall
Bears in back alleys...
Bears at post
Bears on parade
Kum Den
Souls take pleasure in becoming moist
Leading the bears astray
Facial graffiti
Glimpsing outside the square
AC/DC Lane, so named for the AC/DC video shot on Swanston Street
Bears gathering for Seumas
Look, up in the sky...


© Rob Morgan 2006