Amazon Prime Video has unveiled a slate of new Australian productions, seven locally-produced originals boasting a line-up of talent that includes Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, and Sigourney Weaver, among many others.
A flashy Prime Video Presents Australia 2021 showcase event in Sydney saw the streaming entertainment arm of Amazon unveil release dates, titles, and trailers, as well as first looks for four previously announced Australian originals. The company announced it has thus far invested $150 million in local productions, with 14 total Aus originals resulting in over 2,500 jobs created since 2019.
Among the content announced: the acquisition (outside the US and China) of Nine Perfect Strangers, a star-studded, Nicole Kidman-starring & exec produced adaptation of Aussie author Liane Moriarty’s bestseller; The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, a Sigourney Weaver-starring series based on the best-selling book by Aussie author Holly Ringland; and Burning, a Cate Blanchett-exec produced feature-length documentary looking at the deadly Australian bushfires of 2019-2020. Amazon’s official descriptions and sizzle reel are available for you to check out below.
Amazon also shed more light on their previously-announced live stream coverage of the Australian Swimming Trials. Sports broadcaster and journalist Matt White will serve as host across the six days of swimming events, with Olympian Nicole Livingstone, Olympian and gold medallist Grant Hackett, and Paralympic gold medallist Annabelle Williams serving as experts. The trials kick off Saturday June 12 through to Thursday June 17.
“We’re incredibly focused on investing in and developing the world’s best talent to deliver the highest quality content for our Prime Video customers in Australia and around the world,” said Erika North, Head of Originals, Asia Pacific, at Amazon Studios.
“We believe that putting the spotlight on the very best stories from Australian creators will not only excite our Australian viewers, but also our Prime members around the world. Today’s announcements are another step in our mission to bring outstanding content to fruition. We are proud to greenlight seven new Australian Amazon Originals with talented Australian’s, and today underlines our commitment to investing significantly in Australia within the creative community.”
Australian Amazon Originals
The first Amazon Australian Original feature-length documentary made in Australia. Burning, from executive producers Cate Blanchett, and Eva Orner, who also serves as director, takes an unflinching look at the deadly Australian bushfires of 2019-2020, known as ‘Black Summer’. Burning is an exploration of what happened as told from the perspective of victims of the fires, activists and scientists. Produced by Propagate Content, Dirty Films and Amazon Studios, Burning will launch on Amazon Prime Video in 2021 in over 240 countries and territories around the world.
Class of ‘07:
Eight-part Australian Original comedy series Class of ‘07 will commence filming in Australia this December. Class of ‘07 is created by award-winning Australian writer and director Kacie Anning (Amazon Prime Video’s Upload, The Other Guy) and produced by NBCUniversal International Studios’ Matchbox Pictures. When an apocalyptic tidal wave hits during the ten-year reunion of an all-girls high school, a group of women must find a way to survive on the island peak of their high school campus. Like Lord of the Flies (in cocktail dresses), the series follows a group of former classmates, now freshly entangled in decade-old drama, as they attempt to survive not just the apocalypse but each other.
A new Australian Original comedy series written by ‘The Kates’ (Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan) and produced by Guesswork Television, OK Great Productions and Amazon Studios. ‘The Kates’ latest creation is a feminist noir comedy set against a bucolic backdrop with a rising body count. Filming of the eight part Amazon Australian Original series will commence in Tasmania this November.
Head Above Water:
An Amazon Original four-part docuseries that follows elite Australian swimmers Ian Thorpe AM, Bronte Campbell OAM, Kyle Chalmers OAM, as well as former-junior-champion-turned-international-musician, Cody Simpson in the lead up to the Games in July. Produced by McAvoy Media, Swimming Australia and Amazon Studios, Head Above Water will launch on June 4, 2021 on Amazon Prime Video in Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and select countries and will complete its global rollout later in 2021.
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart:
A new Amazon Australian Original series based on the international best-selling book by Australian author Holly Ringland, and and starring Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Sigourney Weaver. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart tells the enchanting and compelling story of a young girl, Alice Hart, whose violent childhood casts a dark shadow over her adult life. Produced by Australian hit-maker and Emmy Award-winner Bruna Papandrea from Made Up Stories, Endeavor Content, and adapted for the screen by award-winning Australian writer Sarah Lambert who serves as the series showrunner. Award-winning Australian filmmaker Glendyn Ivin is set to direct.
The Moth Effect:
A satirical, new six part, Amazon Australian Original sketch comedy produced by Bunya Entertainment, Amazon Studios and created by Nick Boshier (Bondi Hipsters) and Jazz Twemlow (Tonightly). The Moth Effect will launch one episode per month premiering on July 30, 2021 on Prime Video in Australia and select countries around the world. Together with some of Australia and New Zealand’s finest talent including Bryan Brown Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Ben Lawson, Jonny Brugh, Peter O’Brien, Kate Box, Sam Cotton, Christiaan van Vuuren, Sarah Bishop, Nazeem Hussain, David Woodhead and Zoë Coombs Marr. The Moth Effect is set to deliver the finest sketch comedy for Amazon Prime members.
Warriors On The Field:
An Amazon Original documentary presented by former AFL champion Michael O’Loughlin, will be premiering on Amazon Prime Video later in 2021. The documentary offers a compelling insight that explores the deeply personal and poignant stories of three Indigenous AFL players and celebrates Aboriginal Australia and its association with the Australian Football League. Sharing their stories alongside Michael (a Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri, Narungga man) is current AFL player Michael ‘Sonny’ Walters, a Noongar man from Fremantle Dockers, and up-and-coming North Melbourne star Tarryn Thomas, a Kamillaroi and Lumaranaana man, originally from Sydney.
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Nine Perfect Strangers:
Nine Perfect Strangers will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in countries outside the U.S.A and China later this year. An eight-part series based on The New York Times bestselling book from Australian author Liane Moriarty, Nine Perfect Strangers is produced by the teams behind Big Little Lies and The Undoing and was filmed in Australia in 2020.
Nine Perfect Strangers is set at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this ten-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (played by Nicole Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies. However, these nine strangers have no idea what is about to hit them.
The series also stars Melissa McCarthy, Luke Evans, Asher Keddie, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Shannon, Regina Hall, Manny Jacinto, Grace Van Patten and Samara Weaving. Executive produced by Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Casey Haver for Made Up Stories, and Nicole Kidman and Per Saari for Blossom Films, and Liane Moriarty. The series is co-written by David E Kelley and John Henry Butterworth, who also executive produce. Jonathan Levine directs the series.