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Stan Original Series Black Snow Now Filming In Queensland

Pictured: Kaylene Butler on project titled “Sacrifice” by William Debois, Photopia Studio. 

Stan Original Series Black Snow, supported by Screen Queensland’s Screen Finance Program and initially through the Ideas Program in 2020, is now filming in North Queensland.  

The Queensland-made, six-part drama series will bring an estimated $10 million into the state economy and create around 550 jobs for Queenslanders, proudly supported through Screen Queensland’s Ideas Program in 2020.

Set in 1994, the series starts with the murder of seventeen-year-old Isabel Baker. The crime shocked the fictional small town of Ashford and devastated Isabel’s Australian South Sea Islander community. The case was never solved, the killer never found. But in 2019, the opening of a time capsule unearths a secret that puts cold-case Detective James Cormack on the trail of the killer.  

Created by Lucas Taylor, writing alongside Boyd Quakawoot and Beatrix Christian, the series is a Goalpost Television production directed by Sian Davies and Matthew Saville and shot by Murray Lui. The series is produced by Rosemary Blight, Lois Randall and Kaylene Butler, who was awarded the Inaugural 2018 Media Ring Fellowship comprising of a year-long placement at Screen Queensland and NITV. 

Kaylene Butler, part of the creative team, said providing opportunities for First Nations practitioners is crucial for the sector and our community.  

“The film industry provides an opportunity to tell stories through a black lens and invites viewers into our world. As a whole network of gifted, created and generous people, we are cheering each other on, and we are opening those closed doors and creating opportunities for our mob.” 

“There is a reason for the season and the season is now! An idea is great, but to do it is deadly!”

Kaylene Butler’s credits include Wik vs QLD, Elements Yalanji Fire, Alick & Albert, Incarceration Nation and A Perfect Pairing

The Stan Original series Black Snow has received major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Stan, and is financed with support from Screen Queensland, Screen NSW and AMC Networks’ Sundance Now. Financed and produced in association with All3Media International. Black Snow is a Goalpost Television Production. 

The series will stream on Stan in Australia and Sundance Now in the U.S.