by FilmInk Staff

True Spirit has been kicking around since 2014/15, written by Cathy Randall (Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger) and directed by Sarah Spillane (Around the Block). Around a year ago, Netflix came onboard, and now it’s finally about to shoot in Queensland with Teagan Croft in the lead role.

“My Government is proud to have secured yet another screen production for Queensland, evidence that the production bonanza is gathering more momentum as word spreads about the multiple benefits of filming in our great state,” said Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in a statement.

“Pandemic or no pandemic, we know that international production companies love making movies and television here—for the ease, the range of locations, the weather, our competitive incentives, and world-class talent and crews.”

True Spirit will be the second Netflix film to shoot in Queensland, following Escape from Spiderhead starring Chris Hemsworth.

“After a highly successful shoot on Escape from Spiderhead, Screen Queensland is delighted to welcome Netflix back to Queensland for this epic movie about a well-loved Australian hero,” said Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich.

“Initially attracted to Queensland for our COVID-safe status, now producers are saying how much they want to return and make more projects here—for the locations, depth and skill of our crews, competitive incentives and all-round positive experience of working in Queensland.”

Producing are Shahen Mekertichian and Andrew Fraser (Lion) for Sunstar Entertainment (a talent management company who look after Jessica Watson), Brent Emery, Suzanne Farwell and Susan Cartsonis for Resonate Entertainment and Debra Martin Chase for Martin Chase Productions.


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