The Great Broome Shoe Heist – with Shane Jacobson
The long movie shoot for the Broome Time campaign was over (For Broome Time Behind the Scenes click here). Painting the picture now: enjoying a little celebration at Matos’s, we were all there kicking our heels up!... Australia’s North West Staff, sounds guys, assistants along with the director, cinematographer and the BIG star, Shane Jacobson.
When we couldn’t laugh out loud any longer, we said our good nights, thanks …we nailed it…blah blah blah, and I ensured my trusty colleague/chief shoot organiser Paula – many weeks pregnant at that stage, made it safely home to her bed.
Being the Boss Lady at Australia’s North West Tourism I had the privilege of being Shane Jacobson’s “bodyguard”… no not really…his lookerafterer. I had told Shane I would collect him from his hotel around noon and deliver him to the airport for his flight home the next day …. well …it just didn’t turn out like that.
Around eight in the morning, Pia, the “Wardrobe Monitor” (amongst many other things) for this particular shoot called me a little stressed. “I’ve lost Shane’s shoes”.
I called Shane, “we might need to go shoe shopping Mr Jacobson as I believe there to be a shoe thief in Broome” I said tongue in cheek. He giggled and didn’t seem too fazed at all, rather, thought of purchasing new shoes in Broome as a little adventure!
No sooner had I collected Shane enroute to the shoe shop, Pia called again… “I think I may have put Shane’s shoes in the wrong red Suzuki-with-no-roof-4WD”… Shane and I thought this was the most hilarious thing ever. Oh well we thought shrugging it off, they are lost to the shoe Gods now…UNTIL we saw a red Suzuki-with-no-roof-4WD whiz pass us in the direction of Cable Beach. SERIOUSLY. “Follow that car,” Shane says cackling hard, “my shoes could be in it”…. so we did!
We followed this car for five minutes - the poor woman didn’t really know what to think of us when Shane popped out and said “excuse me do you happen to have my shoes in the back of your car”? Alas she did not have the lost shoes.
Back on the road to the shoe shop we unbelievably see another red-Suzuki-with-no-roof-hatch-back, “follow THAT car”, Shane says between belly laughs. Meanwhile I can barely contain my laughter and simply can’t believe how this adventure, involving red-Suzukis-with-no-roof-4WD, is evolving. Exactly how many of these red cars live in Broome??? And does one of them contain Shane Jacobson’s shoes?? We edged closer to the car and then realised it was the one we used for the shoot yesterday where the shoes SHOULD have been.
Then, we start seeing Suzukis–with–all colours-and-no-roof-4WD's EVERYWHERE! It was dark that night, maybe Pia put the shoes in one of these cars and it may have looked red in the dark night sky…NOPE…no shoes.
Within minutes of parking at Bob’s Shoes in Carnarvon Street, we stop all traffic – as Shane has just spotted the THIRD red-Suzuki-with-no-roof-4WD. AND, guess what…. you will NEVER BELIEVE it…. his shoes were sitting there in the back! NO WAY!! Suddenly, a young lady appears and wonders what a full bellied bearded man and a big blonde girl are doing jumping up and down in evident disbelief and excitement right beside her red car with a pair of men’s shoes in hand!
Failure was not an option!!
Then…if that wasn’t enough with shoes now found, Shane runs into his doppelganger at the Cable Beach Club getting married…so of course he crashes the wedding much to guests delight!
Ahh never a dull moment, Shane Jacobson – working with you was hilariously memorable. Here’s a little photo and video sneak that Shane made of our unfolding Great Broome Shoe Heist.
Sore from laughing for weeks I was!