The Queensland Government, through Screen Queensland, today announced it is proud to join Screen Australia and the ABC in its support of Blackfella Films’ Black B*tch (Working Title), a high-end TV drama series to film in Far North Queensland and screening on ABC in 2019, starring Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths.
“Black B*tch is an important cultural and economic investment supporting local stories on screen and the film community in Far North Queensland,” said the Screen Queensland Chair, Linda Lavarch.
“Black B*tch is a culturally significant broadcast series in its portrayal of diverse, on screen characters with a strong female and Indigenous cast,” Ms Lavarch said.
“Far North Queensland will also be portrayed as a crucial element in the storylines which will promote cultural tourism to this region.
“The TV series will stimulate economic activity in Far North Queensland creating jobs and spend on local services and businesses and with a direct regional spend of approximately $1.3 million.
“It will employ an estimated 32 Queensland crew and additional Queenslanders in supporting cast roles and as extras. The series will bring skills development opportunities for early-career practitioners with a diverse attachment to be engaged on the production,” said Ms. Lavarch.
“We see this as a ground-breaking series which meets Screen Queensland’s diversity and gender equality strategies, and developing Queensland’s cultural and Indigenous identity on screen. It also supports Screen Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy which celebrates excellent work and outstanding people that promote the distinctive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice,” said Ms.Lavarch.
The six-part drama will be broadcast on the ABC and the series is helmed by an award-winning, experienced team at Blackfella Films.
Blackfella Films has previously filmed in Queensland shooting Mabo which also starred Deborah Mailman with Rachel Perkins as director, and Darren Dale and Miranda Dear as producers. Rachel and Darren are the founders and owners of Blackfella Films who are behind screen success stories including First Australians and, with producer Miranda Dear, Redfern Now. Rachel Perkins is also known for her work as director on the acclaimed series Mystery Road and the feature films Jasper Jones and Bran Nue Dae.
Rachel Griffiths (Muriel’s Wedding, Six Feet Under, Brothers and Sisters) adds to the international cachet of the project, starring as the Australian PM and is also executive producer on the series.
Black B*tch is about an unlikely national hero who is catapulted into government in a cynical power play. Used, abandoned and underestimated, now she’s on a quest for revenge that will send the political establishment into meltdown.
Black B*tch is a Blackfella Films production for the ABC. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC. Financed with support from Create NSW with Screen Queensland and Screen Canberra.
The International Distributor is Keshet International, working alongside Endeavor Content in the US.
Black B*tch will commence principal photography in early 2019.
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