The ABC doomsday comedy Preppers has started filming in Sydney. The six-part series will air later that year.
Directed by Steven McGregor, 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.
The cast was written by Lui and Gabriel Dowrick and includes Ursula Yovich, Chum Ehelepola, Meyne Wyatt, Aaron McGrath, Eryn Jean Norvill, Jack Charles, Grant Denyer, Christine Anu, Miranda Tapsell, Brooke Satchwell, Luke Carroll and singer Kate Miller- Heidke.
Preppers is a Porchlight Films production in association with Spirit Pictures. Sylvia Warmer produces, Liz Watts Executive produces with ABC’s Margaret Ross.
Are supporters Screen Australia’s First Nations DepartmentThere was also a large production investment from ABC in partnership with Screen NSW.
Lui and Dowrick, a married couple, said they looked forward to their story taking shape.
“It is very exciting for us to see the comedic world we have created come to life with such a great cast and crew,” they said.
“And we’re also particularly excited that preppers are being made (and hopefully seen) ahead of the possible apocalyptic events that will wipe out humanity …”
Watts and Sylvia Warmer said it was difficult to imagine a “rather black and funny and relevant series” for the time.
“We are very excited to be working with Nakkiah Lui and Gabe Dowrick again at Preppers, along with a brilliant cast and crew,” they said.
“Preppers will be smart, relatable, and very, very funny.
“It could also make you shed a tear.”