Filming wraps on Hardball S2
Second season for award-winning ABC ME series returns to La Perouse Public School.
Emmy-winning kids’ series Hardball returned to La Perouse Public School for its second season, but COVID-19 restrictions meant those sequences were filmed during the school holidays.
Ten new episodes produced by Northern Pictures sees the Hardball crew face new challenges, the end of primary school approaching, and a scholarship opportunity for Mikey that could split up the gang for good. Together the kids from Block Street strive to win the state doubles handball tournament before they reach the end of primary school and experience all the change that comes with it.
“Hardball season two is on track to blow the ABC ME audiences’ minds. Everything you loved about season one just got bigger and better. The stakes are bigger, the obstacles are bigger, and (no spoilers!) the game of handball is bigger – but we wanted to make sure we could get to a season 2 before the cast themselves got too much bigger!” said Libbie Doherty, ABC Head of Children’s Production.
Returning cast include Semisi Cheekam; Reannah Hamdan; Erin Choy; and Logan Reberger.
“This series, we see major changes include Tiffany joining team Mahaki – Mikey and Tiffany play in the double’s tournament together. We also introduce the Volkov twins to the school – two stellar athletes who are handball champions! We visit a lot of new locations, while also returning to some of the locations that are so iconic from Series 1,” says executive producer Catherine Nebauer.
Hardball’s second series also sees the return of producer Joe Weatherstone, series creators Matt Zeremes and Guy Edmonds and directors Darren Ashton and Fadia Abboud. Amy Stewart (Drop Dead Weird) and Nazeem Hussain (Orange is the New Brown) also joined the writers’ team this season.
Hardball won an International Kid’s Emmy in October and has previously won a Prix Jeunesse International Award and a Rockie Award for the Best Children & Youth Fiction Series in Canada.
Hardball is a Northern Pictures production for the ABC, with investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC. Created by Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes and Executive Produced by Catherine Nebauer, Produced by Joe Weatherstone. Financed with support from the ACTF and Create NSW. The ACTF distributes Hardball internationally.