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Filming continues on the upcoming Charlie Hunnam led TV series Shantaram in Melbourne

Not even Melbourne‘s lockdown could put a stop to the production of the upcoming TV series, Shantaram.

The show’s cast and crew were spotted on set in Melbourne last Thursday as filming got underway on the new TV show.

The upcoming series stars Sons of Anarchy actor Charlie Hunnam and Australian actor Richard Roxburgh.  

Back at work: Not even Melbourne’s lockdown could put a stop to the production of the upcoming TV series, Shantaram

British-born Charlie, 41, is currently in Australia to film the Apple TV series, based on the novel of the same name. 

It tells the story of a convicted bank robber and heroin addict, who escapes prison and flees to India.

Shantaram is a 10-episode drama thriller, which centres on a man named Lin, played by Charlie. 

The show must go on: The show's cast and crew were spotted on set in Melbourne last Thursday as filming got underway on the new TV show

The show must go on: The show’s cast and crew were spotted on set in Melbourne last Thursday as filming got underway on the new TV show

All dressed up: Many women were seen wearing traditional Indian sarees as they waited patiently for filming to begin

All dressed up: Many women were seen wearing traditional Indian sarees as they waited patiently for filming to begin 

Star power: The upcoming series stars Sons of Anarchy actor Charlie Hunnam (pictured at SiriusXM Studios in New York City in January 2020) and Australian actor Richard Roxburgh

Star power: The upcoming series stars Sons of Anarchy actor Charlie Hunnam (pictured at SiriusXM Studios in New York City in January 2020) and Australian actor Richard Roxburgh

The book is written by Gregory David Roberts, and is inspired by his own life, after he escaped Pentridge Prison – the same jail featured in the novel – and fled to India.  

The series has been filming at Melbourne’s Docklands studios, and will also film in Thailand after India’s recent COVID outbreak forced production to change locations. 

Cast and crew wore face masks in between filming scenes for the series.

Book it: British-born Charlie, 41, is currently in Australia to film the Apple TV series, based on the novel of the same name

Well-suited: Several men were dressed in suits, and chatted with the the show's crew in between takes

Book it: British-born Charlie, 41, is currently in Australia to film the Apple TV series, based on the novel of the same name

Perfect match: Some cast members were dressed in what appeared to be uniforms, with several cast members wearing matching ensembles

Perfect match: Some cast members were dressed in what appeared to be uniforms, with several cast members wearing matching ensembles

Many women were seen wearing traditional Indian sarees as they waited patiently for filming to begin.

Meanwhile, several men were dressed in suits, and chatted with the the show’s crew in between takes.

Others were dressed in what appeared to be uniforms, with several cast members wearing matching ensembles.

On the run: It tells the story of a convicted bank robber and heroin addict, who escapes prison and flees to India

On the run: It tells the story of a convicted bank robber and heroin addict, who escapes prison and flees to India

Coming soon: Shantaram is a 10-episode drama thriller, which centres on a man named Lin, played by Charlie

Coming soon: Shantaram is a 10-episode drama thriller, which centres on a man named Lin, played by Charlie

Real-life: The book is written by Gregory David Roberts, and is inspired by his own life, after he escaped Pentridge Prison - the same jail featured in the novel - and fled to India

Real-life: The book is written by Gregory David Roberts, and is inspired by his own life, after he escaped Pentridge Prison – the same jail featured in the novel – and fled to India

The large group gathered under a covered outdoor patio area as they awaited further instructions from the show’s crew. 

Some cast members were spotted walking past trailers, which had been set up on location.

At one stage, a crew member conversed with one of the actors, who was dressed in an elaborate traditional Indian costume.

Instructions: At one stage, a crew member conversed with one of the actors, who was dressed in an elaborate traditional Indian costume

Instructions: At one stage, a crew member conversed with one of the actors, who was dressed in an elaborate traditional Indian costume

That's show business: Some cast members were spotted walking past trailers, which had been set up on location

Missing in action: Neither Charlie or Richard, 59, appeared to have been on set as they filmed the large group scenes

That’s show business: Some cast members were spotted walking past trailers, which had been set up on location

On set: The series has been filming at Melbourne's Docklands studios, and will also film in Thailand after India's recent COVID outbreak forced production to change locations

On set: The series has been filming at Melbourne’s Docklands studios, and will also film in Thailand after India’s recent COVID outbreak forced production to change locations

Neither Charlie or Richard, 59, appeared to have been on set as they filmed the large group scenes.

Crew members spoke into walkie talkies as they got to work on the series. 

Melbourne was recently plunged into its fourth lockdown in just 14 months after a coronavirus outbreak in the city.

Back in lockdown: Melbourne was recently plunged into its fourth lockdown in just 14 months after a coronavirus outbreak in the city

Back in lockdown: Melbourne was recently plunged into its fourth lockdown in just 14 months after a coronavirus outbreak in the city

Still going: Melbourne's lockdown was due to end last Thursday, but was extended by another week by the state's government

Still going: Melbourne’s lockdown was due to end last Thursday, but was extended by another week by the state’s government

Under cover: The large group gathered under a covered outdoor patio area as they awaited further instructions from the show's crew

Under cover: The large group gathered under a covered outdoor patio area as they awaited further instructions from the show’s crew

The lockdown was due to end last Thursday, but was extended by another week by the state’s government.

On Monday, Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton warned that the lockdown was unlikely to end this coming Thursday, too.

The state recorded an additional 11 cases on Monday, with 94 active cases in total and 81 of those linked to an outbreak across four Melbourne clusters. 

Never-ending: On Monday, Victoria's chief health officer Brett Sutton warned that the lockdown was unlikely to end this coming Thursday, too

Never-ending: On Monday, Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton warned that the lockdown was unlikely to end this coming Thursday, too

Numbers: The state recorded an additional 11 cases on Monday, with 94 active cases in total and 81 of those linked to an outbreak across four Melbourne clusters

Numbers: The state recorded an additional 11 cases on Monday, with 94 active cases in total and 81 of those linked to an outbreak across four Melbourne clusters

Taking care of business: Crew members spoke into walkie talkies as they got to work on the series

Speaking out: Dr Sutton acknowledged that the lockdown had been 'frustrating' for Melbourne locals

Taking care of business: Crew members spoke into walkie talkies as they got to work on the series

Dr Sutton acknowledged that the lockdown had been ‘frustrating’ for Melbourne locals.  

‘People want to know what things will look like three days from now,’ he said while addressing the media on Monday.

‘We see different changes every day and they can be something from left field, there can be something very short in terms of new linkages, no wastewater deductions, no new exposure sides, we need to see it play out.’

'People want to know what things will look like three days from now,' Victoria's chief health officer Brett Sutton said while addressing the media on Monday

‘People want to know what things will look like three days from now,’ Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton said while addressing the media on Monday


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