Nowhere Boys movie to open in January

Hit ABC3 series will premiere its spin-off movie on New Year's Day.


The feature film Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows will open in cinemas on New Year’s Day, 2016.

Felix (Dougie Baldwin), Andy (Joel Lok), Sam (Rahart Adams) and Jake (Matt Testro) will return along with  Darci McDonald (Ellen), Sean Rees-Wemyss (Oscar), Michala Banas (Phoebe), Victoria Thaine (Alice), Ben Keller (Bear), Tamala Shelton (Mia) and Michelle Gerster (Viv).

Joining the cast is Angourie Rice (These Final Hours, The Nice Guy), pictured.

A spin-off from the two part series, the 82 minute film sees the troupe back in the town of Bremin. On the verge of separating forever, they are drawn back together for one final spell when Felix discovers a magically sealed Book of Shadows. Unknowingly the spell releases a powerful force of chaos and revenge that threatens their world and all they love.


Produced by Beth Frey for Matchbox Pictures, the film is directed by David Caesar (Dirty Deeds, Idiot Box, Mullet) and was created by Tony Ayres (Cut Snake, The Slap, Glitch) and written by Tony Ayres, Rhys Graham and Craig Irvin.

The series Nowhere Boys and its team have collected over 15 international and local Awards, including the TV Week Logie Awards in both 2014 and 2015 for Most Outstanding Children’s Program, an Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Award Best children’s Television Program, an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award Best Children’s Television Series, the PRIX JEUNESSE International 2014 Youth Jury Prize and a nomination for the Third International Emmy Kids Awards.

Nowhere Boys – The Book of Shadows will be released theatrically by The Backlot Films in association with Matchbox Pictures on 1 January 2016. The movie will have its television premiere on ABC3 soon after. Tony Ianiro from The Backlot Films said: “To work in collaboration with Matchbox Pictures representing their film during the biggest box office period of the year is incredibly exciting. Nowhere Boys – The Book of Shadows like Paper Planes and Oddball, is an example of a locally made family film which will appeal to audiences during the summer holiday break and stand proudly alongside the tentpole blockbusters released during that period”.

Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows is produced by Matchbox Pictures in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and with the financial assistance of Screen Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Film Victoria. It will be distributed internationally by NBCUniversal and in Australian and New Zealand (Non-theatrical) by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

3 Responses

  1. This show may have won awards but it had very modest audience success on ABC Television. There are no examples of Australian TV dramas which have found cinema audiences because most people take the view why pay to see a movie when you could watch the series on TV for nothing. It is a surprising financing choice and is unlikely to find an audience.

  2. Such a silly time for a theatrical release. Oddball and Paper Planes did so well, one, because they were quality, but two, because they launched on school holidays over a period where the US studios didn’t much in the same genre launching.

    Our summer will be all Stars Wars. Nowhere Boys stands no chance.

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