“We’ve got plans to shoot in almost every state.”
ABC Drama boss Sally Riley talks through the broadcaster's upcoming varied slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Despite the challenges of COVID, ABC Drama is forging ahead with a slate of new projects in production and post-production.
After recently announcing Mystery Road: Origin for Western Australia, and with The Newsreader currently on air, Sally Riley, ABC Head of Drama, Entertainment and Indigenous told TV Tonight there was plenty more on the way.
Surf drama Barons is currently filming in Sydney.
“The producers put a bit of a clip of rushes together for cast and crew, mid shoot. It looks amazing. A lot of hair and beards, ’70s style. There are jumpers that you’ll recognise!” she said.
“Troppo is shooting, they’re probably about the third or fourth week, in Queen Queensland, with Thomas Jane and Nicole Chamoun who are the lead cast. That’s looking beautiful as well, but more tropical. So we’ve got plans to shoot in almost every state.”
Still to screen later this year is anthology drama Fires and S2 of Total Control.
“We’re up to editing ep 4 of Total Control. It’s as good if not better than the first series.”
“Fires is an anthology series based on true stories. We’re just mixing that at the moment, getting the sound done. It’s pretty special. It’s moving but heartfelt. When Tony Ayres and Belinda Chayko brought it to us, they said, ‘We’ve got to do something about this.’
“It’s really about the hope and communities coming together and looking after each other. It’s a beautiful show, hard in places, but it really captures the spirit of the communities that were affected, and also the love from everywhere else that went to those people.”
Here Out West, an anthology feature film from Co-Curious and Emerald Productions is set in Western Sydney, penned by eight writers from the region. The story begins when a baby is kidnapped from a hospital by a desperate grandmother.
“It’s really good. That’s all finished. We’re hoping it will do a theatrical release in one of the local film festivals, but everything’s up in the air with those at the moment,” Riley added.