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Behind the scenes of Netflix hit show Irreverent is a Qld treasure

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The hit series Irreverent which premiered on Netflix December 4 has thrust Mission Beach into the global spotlight.

The hottest new series on Netflix, Irreverent, has put a global spotlight on a Qld treasure trove, with its roaring success seeing interest in the area already on the rise.

Just over a week after being released on Netflix, Irreverent hit the top 3 in Australia, with the tale of a Chicago crook forced into hiding in a remote Qld community as their new reverend widely received as “fun” and “bingeable”.

The show’s 12.5 hours a day shooting schedule across Mission Beach on the Cassowary Coast – starring Colin Donnell, Wayne Blair and Kylie Bracknell – has embedded the idyllic beachfront setting and other parts of the region like Tully into the minds of a global audience.

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Colin Donnell (right) stars in Irreverent on Netflix.

Netflix show Irreverent became number 3 in Australia within a week of being released.

Mission Beach real estate agents Susie England and Tania Steele of Tropical Property were among locals invited behind the scenes of shooting for the hit Netflix show Irreverent. Picture: Susie England

Tropical Property Mission Beach principal Susie England said “it’s been absolutely fantastic to see our little slice of paradise exposed to the world”.

“A year or so ago, a large contingent of trucks and folks with very white legs came to town. And as it turned out, basically the biggest streaming platform Netflix had come to chill out in little old Mission Beach.”

She said “we’re a small vibrant tropical destination and a really open and friendly community, so what a fantastic location to base a story and show the world a little of who we are”.

Tracks were laid on the beach to help ensure smooth camerawork. Picture: Susie England

Actor P. J. Byrne, known for his role on Wolf of Wall Street, starred alongside Colin Donnell in the new Netflix show Irreverent. Picture: Supplied

“Seriously the interest about the show has been tremendous for us, and we’re definitely getting feedback from people, even though it only started a week ago. We love it’s got classic FNQ characters who are only slightly exaggerated!”

“Up here we just love taking the mickey, it’s part of our religion being irreverent. I mean nothing’s too serious that can’t be taken care of tomorrow, right?”

Excited residents have waited a year since filming to see their hometown on the small screen, with production and shooting occurring in September 2021, when multiple sets were created along the coast, and residents and visiting beachgoers alerted to possible delays in their sunbathing schedule.

A scene from the movie with the Great Barrier Reef about an hour seawards. Picture: Supplied.

Kylie Bracknell and Jason Wilder in Netflix series Irreverent. Photo: Supplied/ Netflix

At the time, Cassowary Coast Regional Council Councillor Trudy Tschui said there was a definite buzz around the area due to Irreverent.

“I have to say it is very exciting to have a series being filmed right in our backyard, and can you blame them – we live in paradise. The show will showcase our unique environment and will hopefully encourage visitors to visit Mission Beach and the wider Cassowary Coast region,” she said in a statement.

Most of the filming was based the beachfront, Ulysses Track and around the area near 86-98 Porter Promenade at Mission Beach – a property Brisbane-based Harcourts Innovations agent Shaun Bishop sold for $1.2m almost a year after filming wrapped up.

Listing pictures for 86 Porter Promenade, Mission Beach, taken last year show a lot of activity taking place across the road for the show.

86 Porter Promenade, Mission Beach, sold for $1.2m on September 21, 2022.

The owners had bought the five bedroom, four bathroom, four car space property at 86 Porter Promenade for about half that price, and proceeded to put their mark on the quirky property including a “wave” created out of fibreglass for a bar.

“Across the road there was some filming going on,” Mr Bishop said. “It is one of the most easterly points to the Great Barrier Reef, the island and the reef are so close. A lot of holiday-makers from north Qld go there. It may have been the best kept secret once but that may be a little out now and it might be even further out now with this TV series out globally. The Cassowary Coast is stunning. It deserves the attention.”

76 Porter Prom, Mission Beach, is on a 1,012sq m beachfront block and listed for sale at $799,000.

The “walkway” to the beach.

On Mission Beach, you don’t need a million-dollar budget to get a foot in the door by the beach, with Tropical Property Mission Beach agent Tania Steele holding three listings right now below that mark – including one at 76 Porter Promenade – a two bedroom, one bathroom, five car space house on a 1,012sq m beachfront block listed at $799,000.

She also has a three-bedroom house at 84 Kennedy Esplanade, South Mission Beach, on a 1,012sq m beachfront block is listed at offers over $850,000 and a two-bedroom beach villa at 5/18-20 Reid Rd, Wongaling Beach, for $900,000.

The beachfront home at 84 Kennedy Esplanade, South Mission Beach, is priced at offers over $850,000.

Interest in beachfront property along the Cassowary Coast has ramped up since Irreverent began screening to a global audience.

The stretch of coastline along Mission Beach is known as “the Golden Mile”, according to Dick Williams, principal at Ray White Mission Beach, who has an absolute beachfront home at 22 Donkin Lane, Mission Beach, listed for sale at $1.39m “a short stroll from restaurants, boutiques and the Mission Beach Village Green which is scheduled for a major state-funded upgrade”.

His biggest selling point has to be “the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park begins at the low tide mark in front of the house, the sandy cays of the reef proper are less than an hour away.”

A hop, skip and jump away from the ocean, this four bedroom home at 22 Donkin Lane, Mission Beach, is priced at $1.39m.

This 19.18ha property at Lot 103 Nonda Street, Mission Beach, has no disclosed listing price.

Among other opportunities on the market there is a massive 19.18ha site at Lot 103 Nonda Street, Mission Beach, listed by Stacey Quaid of Colliers Cairns.

He believes “the tropical allure of Queensland’s Cassowary Coast region goes beyond just the warm weather and sunshine”.

“It is the uncrowded beaches lined with palm trees, the azure of the ocean scattered with colourful reefs. It is the mountains covered in ancient rainforest and hidden waterfalls and swimming holes. It is that friendly vibe from the locals and relaxed atmosphere that truly offers a sense of escape.”

Writer Paddy Macrae behind the scenes of the new Netflix show Irreverent. Picture: Supplied

The “binge-worthy” popularity of Irreverent on Netflix has already sparked rumours of a second season for the show, something the show’s creator Paddy Macrae is certainly keen on – which would likely wedge the Cassowary Coast further into minds of Netflix’s global audience.

In an interview with TVInsider, he said: “I can’t say anything because we’re certainly not commissioned for a second season. I’m always optimistic. But those decisions are made by people far, far more intelligent and important than me. I am excited at the possibility. Me and the rest of the writing team have a lot of ideas. The cast even have ideas. They text me ideas all the time”.

Mission Beach is expected to be thrust even more into the spotlight if Irreverent gets the go-ahead to go into its second season of shooting.

Ms England said the show’s title was “a perfect metaphor for the way of life up here in a tropical paradise”.

“Yes while that’s a bit of a cliche, our clients and the population of this unspoiled little town are very “reverent”, we have a classic attitude to life here which we kind of like to keep secret, until now.”

“We loved having the production here, and like other TV shows such as Sea Patrol which was shot locally. We hope it rates really well and can evolve into multiple seasons.”


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