The 2016 footy season may be over but Etihad Stadium is still seeing plenty of on-field action with cameras rolling on the new Australian television series The Warriors.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley joined the star-studded cast today including Lisa McCune, Vince Colosimo and John Howard along with new Indigenous talents, Nelson Baker and Gordan Churchill in his first on screen role.
The eight-part series - produced by Robert Connolly from Arenamedia along with John Harvey and Liz Kearney - explores the life of new Australian rules football recruits as they navigate the pressures and demands of professional football both on and off the field.
With the production bringing new Indigenous actors to the screen, behind the scenes Film Victoria’s Professional Attachment Scheme has supported seven placement opportunities aimed at developing the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen professionals.
Series co-creator and writer Tony Briggs was supported to undertake a director’s placement, as was writer Tracey Rigney, whilst five other practitioners have been gaining skills in the disciplines of camera, makeup and sound post production.
The project received investment support through Film Victoria’s Assigned Production Investment program.
Shooting wraps in Victoria this week, before heading to Western Australia to film in Warmun in the Kimberley region.
The Warriors will air on ABC in 2017.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“With Melbourne as the backdrop, audiences will enjoy this entertaining series which brings the clash of culture and sport to life on screen.”
“For the last two years we have been delivering on the things that are important to people – investing in great local Victorian television content and cultural events for all ages.”
“This production has also provided opportunities for new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent to build, and hone, their skills – making it an exciting project both on and off the screen.”
Quote attributable to CEO of Film Victoria Jenni Tosi
“We’re thrilled to see The Warriors in production, and to be supporting a new generation of Indigenous practitioners to enhance their skills working alongside a very talented production team.”