Filming for a magical new children’s television series is currently underway on the Gold Coast.
The Bureau of Magical Things is the latest home-grown series by Queensland-based producer Jonathan M. Shiff, who helped launch the careers of dozens of young Australian stars in Hollywood.
The new series follows the adventures of Kyra, a regular teenage girl who discovers a secret world of magic all around her and who must unite fairies, elves and humans to save them all.
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Filming for the 20 part first series will take place in locations on the Gold Coast and Brisbane as well as in the company’s purpose built studio at Arundel.
The cast is led by Brisbane actress Kimie Tsukakoshi, who is joined by siblings Elizabeth Cullen and Julian Cullen, who grew up in Cairns before moving to the Gold Coast, along with Gold Coast actors Mia Milnes, Rainbow Wedell and Jamie Carter.
Premier and Minister for the Arts, Annastacia Palaszczuk said “Jonathan Shiff continues to be a great ambassador for Queensland throughout a successful career based on the Gold Coast.”
“His previous productions, Mako: Island of Secrets and H20: Just Add Water franchises, have sold to more than 170 countries, with the first series of Mako Mermaids reaching an estimated 150 million worldwide viewers,” she said.
“His productions have helped to launch the careers of Liam Hemsworth and Margot Robbie, while H20 stars Phoebe Tonkin and Claire Holt moved on to US series The Vampire Diaries and its sequel The Originals; their co-star Luke Mitchell to Blindspot and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,”.
Mr Shiff said he is excited to be producing another children’s series here on the coast.
“It is fantastic to be creating another local high quality children’s series which will showcase the beautiful locations of south east Queensland,” Mr Shiff said.
“Sunny Queensland brings us the perfect magical backdrop for our fantasy story that millions around the world will enjoy. There simply isn’t another part of Australia that comes close”.