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Ballarat depicts start - and end - of Boston Marathon

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Filming on the Australian-South Korean biopic ‘The Road to Boston’ continues in Ballarat today (Wednesday) with crews moving to historic Lydiard St Nth tomorrow.

Actors and extras in 1940s period costume battled in searing 33 C heat yesterday, with witnesses saying one woman passed out.

Crews were shooting action at the Ballarat Airport, representing the start of the 1947 Boston Marathon, won by Su Yun-bok.  Filming also took place on nearby McCartneys Road.  

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Tomorrow’s action will see three blocks of Lydiard St closed off – between Market and Dana streets – to depict the final stages of the historic race.

Reserved parking will kick in from 4pm today (Wed), to clear Lydiard St of modern vehicles. Vintage cars will also start moving in.

Filming and traffic control will take place between 6am and 8pm Thursday.  It’ll be reduced to the block between Sturt and Mair streets from 1pm.

A short scene will also be shot in Camp St on Friday afternoon.

Last Friday crews were in the Geelong suburb of Highton. This Friday they move to Central Bendigo, including Pall Mall.

The movie stars 30-year-old K-Pop singer-turned actor Im Siwan as the first Korean to win a major international sports competition after Japanese occupation ended in 1945.

** Here's a clip of Siwan in action... 

And a recent interview for the English language website HanCinema ...  


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