Australian hit series renewed for second season

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Production has begun on a second season of ‘Scrublands’, the Australian crime thriller series starring Luke Arnold (‘Black Sails’) and Bella Heathcote (‘The Neon Demon’, ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’).

With action set a year after the events of the first season, award-winning investigative journalist Martin Scarsden (Arnold) has returned to his coastal hometown of Port Silver, Western Australia, to start a new life with partner Mandy Bond (Heathcote). . When he arrives to find his childhood friend Jasper brutally murdered and Bond the prime suspect, Scarsden struggles with doubts – about Bond and about his own ability to recognize the truth. As he continues to find the real killer and exonerate Bond, Scarsden is confronted with secrets about Port Silver and its long-buried past.

The series is directed by Ben Young and written by Felicity Packard, Fiona Kelly and Jock Serong. It is based on ‘Silver’, Chris Hammer’s best-selling novel and a sequel to the author’s title ‘Scrublands’.

The show is a production of Easy Tiger and Third Act Stories, co-commissioned by Australian streamer Stan and 9Network, both components of the Nine Entertainment group.

Produced by Martha Coleman with Ian Collie, Rob Gibson and Packard. Executive producers are Michael Healy and Andy Ryan of 9Network and Cailah Scobie and Alicia Brown for Stan.

The show has major production investment from Screenwest, Lotterywest and the WA Regional Screen Fund. It was developed with the help of Screenwest and Lotterywest. International sales are handled by Abacus Media Rights.

The second season cast also includes: Luke Carroll (“The Artful Dodger”), Debra Lawrance (“Please Like Me”), David Roberts (“Please Like Me”), Tasma Walton (“The Twelve”), Luke Pegler (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Caroline Brazier (“Year Of”), Joel Jackson (“Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door”), Toby Truslove (“La Brea”), Sarah Roberts (“Home and Away”) , Hamish Michael (“The Twelve”), Radek Jonak (“The Surfer”) and Damian De Montemas (“Hounds of Love”).

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“Set in the stark coastal beauty of Western Australia, Scrublands: Silver will wow audiences with a gripping crime mystery in a unique setting,” said 9Network Head of Drama Andy Ryan. The show is filmed in Augusta, Western Australia.

“Just like in the first season, we witness a violent tragedy involving both of our heroes from the beginning,” said Easy Tiger producer Collie.

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