Rosehaven is a small (fictional) town in Tasmania, it is proper country, beyond the reach of tree changers. Daniel (Luke McGregor) is moving home to take over the family real-estate business while his domineering and frankly terrifying mother is incapacitated. Daniel’s best friend and perpetual teenager, Emma (Celia Pacquola), arrives at Daniel’s door, hiding out from a marriage that didn’t last the honeymoon.
Daniel offers Emma a job and together they try and turn around a failing business coping with unreasonable landlords, stubborn tenants, sullen staff and never ending (sometimes quite intrusive) invitations to join the local mixed netball team.
Created by and starring Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola, Rosehaven is an eight part series shot entirely in regional Tasmania for ABC TV. Whilst Rosehaven could have been shot anywhere in Tasmania the external shots are mainly in the Huon Valley around Geeveston and the interiors of the real estate agent office moonlighting in a shopfront in the Derwent Valley town of New Norfolk.
Keen road trippers looking to relive Rosehaven in the flesh have the opportunity to add a few more arts and cultural stops on their trip to the Huon Valley. Chameleon Glass Gallery is the studio of glass artist Richard Clements and is open by appointment in the small hamlet of Franklin. Stanley’s Studio and Gallery is on the Main Road of Cygnet and is studio/gallery of Tasmanian artist Richard Stanley who mainly paints Tasmanian landscapes in oil paint and chalk pastel. The Woodbridge Hill Handweaving Studio is a textile space with a view in Woodbridge and Channel Heritage Centre in Margate preserves the cultural heritage of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and is worth a stop for a spot of local history.
Get a sneak peak behind the camera with these production stills from Rosehaven.
The production was supported by the Tasmanian Government through Screen Tasmania.