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The opening this week of production company Matchbox Pictures’ Adelaide office – which coincides with the filming of the third season of TV drama ‘Wanted’ in SA – will create new opportunities to showcase local creative talent, says producer Kirsty Stark.

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Stark, whose previous projects include the online post-apocalyptic series Wastelander Panda and feature film A Month of Sundays, will lead Matchbox’s SA initiatives as its newly appointed development producer.

“My role specifically will be about developing projects with local writers and directors,” says Stark, who has worked in SA all her career.

“We want to create things that will work internationally and interstate … bold and exciting stories.”

The South Australia Film Corporation announced late last year that production companies Matchbox Pictures and Screentime would establish offices in Adelaide through a partnership that would see the corporation provide funding towards their operation for the first two years.

Matchbox has just started shooting the third season of Channel Seven drama Wanted in Adelaide and at other SA locations “from Murray Bridge to Parachilna”, with Jocelyn Moorehouse (The Dressmaker) coming on board as a director.

Star Rebecca Gibney, who plays one of the two central characters, has been posting a series of photos from the Flinders Ranges on Instagram in recent days, and says in an SAFC media release that she is looking forward to “exploring the amazing landscapes that South Australia has to offer and that we know will give Wanted the incredible cinematic look that is vital for out show.”

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Stark is tasked with leading the charge to create compelling new Matchbox television shows – mainly drama and comedy – with a South Australian feel.

“I think people have a really good sense of when they see there own state or city on TV,” she says, adding that her first step will be reaching out to South Australian writers and other creatives.

“I’m really excited to see what’s out there.”

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