The Heights soars at Rooftop Movies

Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d483860 The Heights co-creator Warren Clarke on the custom built set at the ABC Studios in East Perth.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d483860 The Heights co-creator Warren Clarke on the custom built set at the ABC Studios in East Perth.

PERTH’S Rooftop Movies was the location for the preview screening of new homegrown television drama The Heights on Monday night.

VIPs, politicians, cast and crew came together to celebrate the launch of the program with a sneak peek of the first three episodes.

The show, which will air on the ABC on Friday, February 22, is based around six families, the storylines cross culture, class and backgrounds, showcasing family life, and love, in modern day Australia.

Filmed entirely in Perth, the groundbreaking half hour drama stars WA-born Marcus Graham along with an ensemble cast of known actors from Australian small-screen hits including Neighbours, Home and Away and Thank God You’re Here as well as emerging WA talent.

Perth showrunner and co-creator, Warren Clarke, who has returned from Sydney for filming, thanked everyone from cast and crew for their support and urged everyone to celebrate the achievement.

“Everyone knew this was an insane project – low and behold we’ve gone and done it,” he said.

“I’ve said it before this show could not have been done in any other state.”

Producer Peta Astbury-Bulsara said the whole process was a journey to see exactly what could be achieved in WA.

“All of our directors, cast and crew came on this journey and they really wanted to see what we could do,” she said.

“I think you will really see the love that has gone into the production on the screen – it was really special.

“The whole project is really great project on what you can do in this State.”

The drama centres on the inner-city neighbourhood of Arcadia Heights, exploring the relationships between the residents of the Arcadia social housing tower and those who live in the rapidly gentrifying community that surrounds it.

Filming took place at the ABC studios, where a set was custom-built of the neighbourhood, and viewers can expect to see some of their favourite local haunts featured.

More than 1`15 local crew were employed, 84 speaking roles cast and 396 extras.

The Heights will air on the ABC on Friday, February 22.