ABC has officially announced its biggest budget children’s live action series yet, a $14m co-production called Resistance, to be filmed in Adelaide.
The futuristic 26 x 30min series is a co-production between Persistence Productions and Shaftesbury Films (Canada). It has previously been described as ‘a mash-up of Alias meets Buffy meets Transformers meets Spooks.‘
Produced by Andrew Dillon and Geoff Bennett it is written by Naomi Janzen and Sarah Lambert.
Resistance tells the story of ‘the fate of human kind in the hands of a small group of brilliant teenage resistance fighters. Armed with technology, beyond the cutting edge, and trained by mysterious young billionaire, they’re our last line of defence against an alien invasion.’
Kim Dalton, Director of ABC TV said “ABC TV is thrilled to be bringing this major children’s television series to Adelaide, especially as it will be the first production to be filmed in the stunning new facilities here.
“This will make Resistance not only an important and historic landmark for both ABC TV and South Australia but also for children’s television production in Australia.
“Resistance will add to our already strong line up of live-action children’s dramas series such as Dance Academy, My Place and Dead Gorgeous,” he said (NB: Dead Gorgeous is no longer a continuing production).
Persistence Productions is a special purpose vehicle set up by Sydney-based That’s–A-Wrap Productions (IF Awards). A pilot episode in 2008 featured Nicholas Hope, Jane Badler, Kane O’Keeffe, Adrian Lee and Andy Minh Trieu, prior to ABC involvement and Screen Australia funding, announced in May.
The announcement follows recent criticism of ABC out-sourcing major productions and winding down productions in some states.
ABC says the series will employ around 450 cast, crew and local people as extras.
In addition, around 500 South Australian people or businesses will supply ancillary services such as accommodation, transport, sets, and wardrobe. It is to be shot entirely in South Australia over five months from mid November and with 70% of its budget being spent in South Australia. It is also the first production to use the South Australia Film Corporation’s new facilities.
“Resistance is just one of the 21 productions on the ABC Children’s Television 2011 production slate. Sixteen of these productions are being produced with Australian independent production companies and add up to 157 hours of television. Production is spread across all mainland states of Australia,” said Dalton.
“The slate covers a wide range of genres (including live-action drama, animation,documentaries, game shows and factual entertainment) and includes productions for all age groups.”
The new series will screen on ABC3 in late 2012 and in YTV Canada.