Hit US drama series to be filmed on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is furthering cementing itself as the home of film and tv, with the city scoring another major international production.

A hit American TV series is heading down under and will be filmed right here on the Gold Coast.

Season two of young adult drama The Wilds, starring Australian actress Rachel Griffiths, Mia Healey and Shannon Berry, is set to start production in April.


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The series, which filmed its first season in New Zealand, is expected to inject a massive $28 million into the state and create around 150 local jobs.

Currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video, The Wilds centres around a group of teenage girls from different backgrounds who find themselves marooned on a deserted island, unaware that they are part of a sinister social experiment.

Series Executive Producer and Showrunner Amy Harris said the idea of filming on the Gold Coast was “so exciting”.

“The reality of this beautiful place has exceeded all expectations,” she said.

“The stunning beaches, talented and skilled crews, and welcoming community make filming here in Queensland a dream come true.

“We can’t wait to showcase all these spectacular locales and talent on The Wilds, and seeing kangaroos in the wild has been pretty cool, too.”

Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said the demand to film in Queensland was being driven by a number of factors.

“Although the current boom is attributable in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s also given Queensland the chance to really shine, to show what we are made of to the rest of the world,” Ms Munnich said.

“International producers, directors and showrunners are here and getting to know us well, to experience the calibre of our crews and the great diversity of our locations first-hand, in a way that bodes well for the long- term growth of our local industry.”

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