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Netflix and ABC to film mini-series in SA

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Australian production company, Screentime, has been commissioned by the ABC and global streaming behemoth Netflix to create Pine Gap, a six-part political thriller focussed on the US/Australian joint military alliance.

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The “high-end Australian drama” will be set in and around the Pine Gap military base near Alice Springs, exploring tensions between the two nations after a civilian plane is shot down.

“A compelling work of fiction inspired by modern geo political tensions, we are delighted to be working with Netflix and the ABC to produce an original concept for a worldwide audience,” Pine Gap’s showrunner, Greg Haddrick (Janet King, Underbelly), says.

Much of the series will be filmed in locations across South Australia and the Northern Territory next year, with the South Australian Film Corporation and the State Government both being major supporters of the project.

“Having an original series in production from global streaming giant Netflix in South Australia is testament to the strength of the screen sector here,” minister for the arts, Jack Snelling, says.

“Pine Gap brings with it a multi-million dollar investment in the State and significant job and career opportunities for our world-class crews, with nearly 100 local crew joining this production. “

“SAFC welcomes the opportunities which come with a series of this calibre including further developing our amazing South Australian crew. Pine Gap strengthens the relationship between South Australia and the massive Netflix audience projecting our State around the world,” South Australian Film Corporation’s CEO, Annabelle Sheehan, says.

“SAFC is also so pleased to have Screentime stay on in South Australia, transitioning from post-production on Wolf Creek Series 2 into Pine Gap pre-production and shoot.”

Pre-production for the series will start in Adelaide in November.

– with AAP

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