I know that heading sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. At least some of the time. You see, both the inside and the outside of my house is used for the filming of the Australian TV show Offspring.
To be honest I’m not even entirely sure how it all began – they were already using the house before I moved in last year – but almost all the key show locations are within a small radius of where I live, so my understanding is the location scout went searching for houses in the area that might be suitable for the upcoming story lines.
It’s a strange scenario having your house used for filming. Every few weeks over summer they take over the house for a day or two, film and then disappear again. At one stage they left the house set up over the weekend so they could continue shooting on the Monday morning, so we spent a few days ‘living’ on the set of Offspring. That was particularly bizarre as it was still predominantly our furniture but everything was rearranged and there were knick-knacks and personal items dottered around the place. Photos of other people on the bedside table. Someone else’s bath products by the sink. A chopping board and knife on the kitchen bench, as if someone was preparing food before they upped and left. Odd!
Normally though they leave almost without a trace, other than the house being left cleaner (bonus!) and a few bits and pieces that aren’t quite put back where they belong. It did take us a while to find the tv remote one time!
I think the craziest part for me will be when the episodes begin airing and we are able to sit in our lounge room and see that very same room on the tv. Watching people going about their lives inside your house, pretending they live there and that them sitting on your couch, cooking in your kitchen and sleeping in your bed is completely normal. Crazy!
Here’s a few snaps I took from the weekend it was left set up.
Has your house been used for anything out of the ordinary?