ABC3 series Nowhere Boys has started production in Melbourne on its 80-minute movie Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows.
Set to screen both in selected theatres and on ABC3 in early 2016 sees Felix (Dougie Baldwin), Andy (Joel Lok), Sam (Rahart Adams) and Jake (Matt Testro) back for “one last spell,” picking up a year after their last adventure.
They are back home in Bremin and are struggling with everyday teenage life. Felix has high hopes for the four heroes. He wants them to push the limits of their magical ability, working as a team to become masters of the arcane. But although he’s unwilling to admit it, the boys have grown apart. The boys, once in perfect magical and elemental alignment, are a tangle of rivalry and distrust.
On the verge of separating, the Nowhere Boys are drawn together for one last spell when Felix discovers a magically sealed ‘Book of Shadows’. Unwittingly this releases a powerful force of chaos, and the gang is reluctantly drawn into a showdown that threatens their world and all they love…
Also appearing are Angourie Rice (These Final Hours), Darci McDonald (Ellen), Sean Rees-Wemyss (Oscar), Michala Banas (Phoebe), Victoria Thaine (Alice), Ben Keller (Bear), Tamala Shelton (Mia) and Michelle Gerster (Viv).
David Caesar (Dirty Deeds, Idiot Box, Mullet) directs the project, written by Tony Ayres, Rhys Graham and Craig Irvin.
Tony Ayres, Executive Producer, said “We are stepping up to a whole new level of excitement, action and drama in the feature length version of Nowhere Boys. It’s very exciting to have a director with the experience and talent of David Caesar leading the creative team on this new adventure.”
“As a fan of Nowhere Boys I’m really excited to be working with the talented cast and crew to help bring this exciting story to the screen,” said David Caesar.
Deirdre Brennan, ABC Head of Children’s TV, said “Nowhere Boys has captured the imagination of young audiences in Australia and around the world, so we’re thrilled to be working with Matchbox Pictures to continue this exceptional series. With David Caesar as director and a promise of more action, adventure and magic, our ABC3 fans are in for an exciting event.”
Last month Nowhere Boys won the competitive Youth Fiction award at the 2015 Rockie Awards at the Banff World Media Festival.
Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows is produced by Matchbox Pictures with the assistance of Screen Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Film Victoria, and will be distributed internationally by NBCUniversal and in Australia and New Zealand by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. The movie is based on an original concept by Tony Ayres, produced by Beth Frey and executive produced by Tony Ayres and Michael McMahon.