ABC3 gets Ready for This

Producers of Dance Academy and Redfern Now join forces for a new ABC3 teen drama.


ABC3 announced the cast for its new teen drama series, Ready For This, earlier this week.

Production is underway in inner Sydney on the series which follows five Indigenous kids, all elite within their own field, who have come to the city to explore their dreams.

For some it’s the opportunity of a lifetime, for others it’s a last chance. Strangers living a long way from home, the last thing they expect to find is family.

From the producers of Dance Academy and Redfern Now, the cast includes Aaron McGrath (The Code, Redfern Now, The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Leonie Whyman (Redfern Now), Madeleine Madden (The Code, Jack Irish: Dead Point, Redfern Now), Liam Talty (Home), Majeda Beatty (X Factor Season 6), Christian Byers (Puberty Blues Season 2) with Christine Anu (Dance Academy, Outland) and Lasarus Ratuere (The Mule, Mabo, Terra Nova)

Also featured are Hamish Michael (Black Comedy, Janet King, Redfern Now), Jimi Bani (Redfern Now, Mabo), Damian de Montemas (Carlotta, Packed to the Rafters), Tammy Clarkson (Redfern Now), Tony Briggs (Wentworth, Broken Shore, Redfern Now) and Ryan Johnson (Hiding, House Husbands Season 3, Love Child).

Executive producer Darren Dale said: “A concept forged through mutual admiration and respect,
Werner Film Productions and Blackfella Films are delighted to be producing Ready For This for
the ABC through our joint venture Big Chance Films. This aspirational series highlights the
challenges and adventures of elite teens brought together in pursuit of their dreams.”

Ready For This is the collaboration of two exceptional Australian producers and we’re thrilled
to bring this landmark new drama to our ABC3 audience. After the success of Dance Academy and
Nowhere Boys, our audience is ready to be captivated by these exciting new characters and
storylines,” said ABC TV’s Head of Children’s Television, Deirdre Brennan.

A joint venture between Werner Film Productions and Blackfella Films, Ready For This is being
produced by Big Chance Films for the ABC, in association with Screen Australia and Screen NSW,
with international sales by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF). The series is
being produced by Joanna Werner (Dance Academy) and Miranda Dear (Redfern Now, Mabo) and
executive produced by Joanna Werner, Darren Dale, ABC’s commissioning editor Simon
Hopkinson and the ACTF’s Bernadette O’Mahony.

Launching with a special one-hour premiere, followed by 12 half hour episodes, it is set to screen later this year.

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