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The biggest budget television series ever to shoot in South Australia has today been announced.
Stan, along with BBC One, revealed new, original series The Tourist, to be produced by Two Brothers Pictures in association with Highview Productions and the South Australian Film Corporation.
The Tourist is written by Harry and Jack Williams, of award-winning production company Two Brothers Pictures, who are also behind critically-acclaimed dramas The Missing and Fleabag.
“The Tourist is the biggest budget television series ever to shoot in South Australia, with a significant regional shoot,” says Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni.
According to Pisoni, the production will inject “millions” into the SA regional economy.
“With Warner Bros having just wrapped on the state’s biggest ever feature film in Mortal Kombat, the South Australian screen sector continues to grow in stature and capacity, with the state proving itself a major production destination,” says Pisoni.
The series is the first venture for newly launched South Australian company Highview Productions, headed by producer Lisa Scott, whose credits include The Hunting, Pine Gap, Stan’s Wolf Creek, Janet King and Anzac Girls.
“The Tourist is such a unique story and we’re delighted to be partnering with BBC1, Two Brothers Pictures and the SAFC on this project,” says Nick Forward, Stan’s Chief Content Officer.
“We’re looking forward to getting into production, showcasing South Australia’s iconic outback and talented crews, and can’t wait to bring this thrilling six-part original series to Stan.”
Marketed as off-beat black comedy punctuating high-stakes action, The Tourist is a six-episode series set in the Australian outback. The series follows a British man chased by a tank truck that attempts to drive him off the road. The Man later wakes in hospital, with no idea who he is. As merciless figures from his past pursue him, The Man searches for answers.
The announcement comes after Stan’s Summer launch, featuring Australia’s biggest ever line-up of originals, including season two of The Other Guy, The Commons, The Gloaming and True History of the Kelly Gang.
According to Harry and Jack William, Writers and Managing Directors of Two Brothers Pictures, “The Tourist is a departure from anything we’ve written before. It isn’t an easy show to categorise – so we won’t. We are, however, hugely excited to have Chris Sweeney on board as director, and to be making this for the BBC. We’re thankful for their support of this ambitious project.”
Filming will begin later this year.