A new action comedy coming to SBS next year immediately sets itself apart from the pack, in both style and production.
Danger 5 is described as a bizarre, 1960’s inspired version of World War II about a group of spies on a mission to kill Hitler. It promises “an eclectic visual blend of 1960s Italian inspired cinematography merged with Japanese, Godzilla-esque miniature and pyrotechnic effects, all stitched together with the dry, bold sensibilities of the Sean Connery era Bond films.”
The five special operatives characters comprise ‘Jackson from the USA, Tucker from Australia, Ilsa from Russia, Claire from Britain and Pierre from Europe.’
The six-part series has been created by 23 year-olds Dario Russo and David Ashby from South Australian production company Dinosaur Pty Ltd who created the 2008 low-budget cult internet parody Italian Spiderman, which began as a student film at Flinders University. Ashby also stars in the role of ‘Jackson’ while Russo is also directing the series and co-producing with Kate Croser of Cyan Films.
The SBS series is the first television action comedy series to be created in South Australia using entirely local key creatives and production crew. It will also be the first TV series for the writers, director, and producers in their roles.
“Dario and I are thrilled to have the support of our investors in putting together this original, off-beat comedy series based out of Adelaide,” said producer, Kate Croser.
“We’re working with a talented young crew and Danger 5 is providing many of them with their first opportunity to head a department in a TV series. We’re also excited about introducing audiences to a striking cast of undiscovered actors.”
Caterina DeNave, Executive Producer Drama & Comedy, SBS, said: “Danger 5 demonstrates SBS’s commitment to new, original home-grown production. I’m delighted we can offer this daring and exciting new program to Australian audiences.”
South Australian Film Corporation CEO Richard Harris said, “Danger 5 marks the SAFC’s first foray into longer form television production for some time, and we hope it marks the beginning of greater things to come. We aim to become as successful in television production as we already are in our feature drama and documentary filmmaking and digital content creation.
Danger 5 is currently filming until mid-December and will air on SBS ONE in 2011.