The Wilds heading to Queensland

Amazon Original young adult drama shifts from NZ to the Gold Coast for S2.

The second series of the Amazon Original young adult drama, The Wilds, is headed to Queensland.

Starring Rachel Griffiths, Mia Healey and Shannon Berry it will film primarily on the Gold Coast from April.

The hit drama series, which filmed its first season in New Zealand, is Queensland-bound thanks to the Qld Government’s Production Attraction Strategy and is expected to inject $28 million into the state and create around 150 jobs.

The Wilds centres around a group of teenage girls from different backgrounds who find themselves marooned on a deserted island, unaware that they are part of a sinister social experiment.

Co-produced by Amazon Studios and ABC Signature Studios, part of Disney Television Studios, The Wilds Season 2 will also Hoodlum Entertainment, as its service company in Australia.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said, “I am proud to see yet another international hit series coming to Queensland.

“This means more jobs for Queenslanders, and more investment in our communities and businesses, as part of the economic ripple effect of big productions like The Wilds choosing Queensland.

“Our glorious Gold Coast beaches, doubling for the deserted island setting, will feature strongly in this production, showcasing to the rest of the world the great beauty of our state.”

Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said, “Although the current boom is attributable in part to the pandemic, it’s also given Queensland the chance to really shine, to show what we are made of to the rest of the world.

“International producers, directors and showrunners are here and getting to know us well, to experience the calibre of our crews and the great diversity of our locations first-hand, in a way that bodes well for the long- term growth of our local industry.”

Series Executive Producer and Showrunner Amy B. Harris said, “The idea of filming on Australia’s Gold Coast was so exciting to me, and the reality of this beautiful place has exceeded all expectations.

“The stunning beaches, talented and skilled crews, and welcoming community make filming here in Queensland a dream come true.

“We can’t wait to showcase all these spectacular locales and talent on The Wilds, and seeing kangaroos in the wild has been pretty cool, too.”

The Wilds Season 1 was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

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