School's In for Screen Test

Albany's an ace place for grommets and grommettes. White-powdered beaches overlook whales flipping in King George Sound, all set in a landscape seemingly formed to fire the youthful imagination: from Mount Many Peaks to the crumbling ruins of the town's whaling past. Says 15-year-old surfer Wade Costello: "Everything you need is here."

Including, now, a Hollywood-style film set. Last decade one of Albany's famous sons, novelist Tim Winton, created a young surf rat not too dissimilar to Wade, and the children's TV series based on him, Lockie Leonard, has been shooting at the author's alma mater,...

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