Production to start on a new TV drama in SA next month

15.05.2019

A new TV drama series that will be viewed by audiences worldwide will begin production in South Australia next month.

The six-part series, Stateless, starring a multi-award-winning cast including Australians Cate Blanchett and Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Dominic West (The Wire), will be produced at Adelaide Studios at Glenside.

Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni said this is another significant gain for South Australian film and TV production which is expanding at a rapid rate as the state’s reputation as a world-class screen production hub gains further recognition.

“Production of the TV series Stateless will take place at Adelaide Studios, starting next month,” he said.

“This news follows the recent announcement of South Australia’s biggest film project being secured in the blockbuster movie Mortal Kombat, with production to begin later this year, at the South Australian Film Corporation’s (SAFC) Adelaide Studios.”

Stateless has the support of the SAFC, while being jointly funded by Screen Australia and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and will be distributed worldwide by NBCUniversal International Distribution.

Minister Pisoni said both announcements highlight the importance of the Marshall Liberal Government’s commitment to support the creative industries that are delivering exciting career opportunities for South Australia.

“This is providing unrivalled skills development opportunities for South Australian screen business and crews, whilst enabling the screen sector to update technologies and techniques to keep pace with global trends,” he said.

“Inevitably, it also leads to more work for local crews and the Adelaide Studios, and builds capacity and skills for future productions.”

Chief Executive of the SAFC, Courtney Gibson, said she was pleased the SAFC had supported the development, and now the production of a landmark series, featuring an all-female writing and directing team.

“We look forward to full production and post at Adelaide Studios and locations in South Australia, with SA producer Paul Ranford working alongside the team at Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton’s Dirty Films and together with Matchbox SA’s Kirsty Stark, who is a co-producer on this major series,” she said.

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