ABC and Screen Australia have announced that the highly anticipated comedy will be filming in Sydney. Preppers.
Actor of the all-rounder Nakkiah LuiThe six-part series will air on ABC and ABC iview later that year.
All-star cast members, written by Lui and Gabriel Dowrick, include Ursula Yovich (Mystery Road), Chum Ehelepola (The Newsreader), Meyne Wyatt (Mystery Road), Aaron McGrath (Glitch), and Eryn Jean Norvill (STCs The Picture of Dorian Gray)), Jack Charles (Cleverman), Grant Denyer (Family Feud), Christine Anu (Black Comedy), Miranda Tapsell (Top End Wedding), Brooke Satchwell (Mr Inbetween), Luke Carroll (Total Control) and Singer Kate Miller-Heidke.
Directed by Steven McGregor (Black Comedy), Preppers follows Charlie (Nakkiah Lui), a young Aboriginal woman whose world collapses after a personal, catastrophic event around her. Charlie escapes fallout and finds himself at the center of an incredibly inappropriate community of doomsday preppers.
With climate change, economic disaster, terrorism, pandemics, meteor strikes, hostile AI, nuclear proliferation and alien invasion, it almost seems certain that the end is near. So when the end comes – no matter how it happens – maybe the craziest thing is NOT to be prepared?
Nakkiah Lui and Gabe Dowrick said
“It’s very exciting for us to bring the comedic world we created to life with such a great cast and crew, and we’re also especially excited to see Preppers being made (and hopefully seen) before the eventual apocalyptic event will) (s) who wipe out humanity … “
Sally RileyABC Head of Drama, Entertainment and Indigenous said:
“It was a real pleasure seeing Nakkiah go from strength to strength, from her first writing and performing roles in Black Comedy to short form in Kiki & Kitty to her first half-hour series with Preppers.”
Penny Smallacombe, The Head of First Nations Division at Screen Australia said:
“Nakkiah Lui has a track record of creating cross-border comedies and we are proud to be helping her and the rest of the talented creative team bring this fun and clever series to life. Who doesn’t need a few lessons in preparation? “
Producers Liz Watts and Sylvia Warmer said:
“We are very excited to be working with Nakkiah Lui and Gabe Dowrick again at Preppers, along with a brilliant cast and crew. We can’t imagine a more black, weird and relevant series for our time. Preppers will be smart, relatable, and very, very funny. It could also make you shed a tear. ”
Preppers are filmed and post-produced in Sydney.
Production Credit: A Porchlight Films production in association with Spirit Pictures. Preppers was funded by Screen Australia’s First Nations division with large manufacturing investments from ABC in partnership with Screen NSW. International distribution is managed by About Premium Content. Directed by Steven McGregor. Series producer: Sylvia Warmer. Executive Producer: Liz Watts. ABC Executive Producer: Margaret Ross.