Cameras roll on ABC and HBO collaboration Serangoon Road

The ABC and HBO Asia have collaborated on a new series Serangoon Road to feature a string of Australian actors Don Hany, Maeve Dermody, Rachael Blake and Michael Dorman.

The series is created by Paul Barron and his Peter Andrikidis and Tony Tilse will direct the 10×1 hour series produced by Great Western Entertainment and Singapore’s Infinite Studios.

As well as the ABC and HBO Asia, ScreenWest and international distributors Conten Media Corporation are finance partners.

Cameras have begun to roll in Singapore.

The announcement:

In a major collaboration between ABC TV and HBO Asia the cameras are currently rolling in Singapore on SERANGOON ROAD, an Australia/Singapore prime-time drama co-production.

The co-production companies participating in this 10 x 1hr series are Perth’s Great Western Entertainment and Singapore’s Infinite Studios. The financing partners include ScreenWest, ABC TV and ABC Commercial, HBO Asia and international distributors Content Media Corporation.

SERANGOON ROAD is a fast-paced detective drama series set against the exotic, tumultuous backdrop of 1960s Singapore.

It has attracted one of Asia’s leading actors Joan Chen (The Last Emperor, Twin Peaks, Mao’s Last Dancer, Home Song Stories) along with a stellar Australian cast including Don Hany (East West 101, Jack Irish: Black Tide, Rake, Offspring), Maeve Dermody (Rake, Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms and Paper Giants), Rachael Blake (Wildside, The Straits) and Michael Dorman (The Time of Our Lives, The Secret Life of Us).

It tells the story of Australian-born Sam Callaghan (Don Hany), whose childhood was spent in WWII’s Japanese internment camps and who returned to fight in the Malayan Emergency. He is a man deeply scarred by both these experiences.

When his neighbour Patricia (Joan Chen) asks him to help keep her recently-murdered husband’s private detective agency afloat, Sam reluctantly agrees.

So begins a journey that sees Sam enticed into an unpredictable, dangerous world where the Chinese Secret Society gangs fight to control the streets, foreign powers vie for power and covert intelligence, and the city itself is a hotbed of racial and political turmoil.

His investigations, and his lover (Maeve Dermody), draw him into the privileged world of the European ex-pats with their fading colonial attitudes, opulence and political intrigues.

The detective agency’s activities also quickly bring Sam and Patricia into conflict with some of Singapore’s most powerful and ruthless factions – factions that are not afraid to kill to keep their secrets.

The series is created and produced by Paul Barron and has attracted an array of Australian award-winning key creatives including directors Peter Andrikidis and Tony Tilse, writers Michaeley O’Brien and Tony Morphett, line producer Richard Clendinnen, DOP Joe Pickering and production designer Herbert Pinter.

Kim Dalton, Director of ABC TV said “This is a very significant collaboration between Australian and Singaporean producers that will create compelling drama from our region. We are very pleased to be working with HBO Asia on its first locally commissioned television drama series. ABC TV’s work with Asian broadcasters, producers and funding agencies now extends across drama, animation and children’s programming.”

Jonathan Spink, Chief Executive Officer, HBO Asia said “We’re very pleased to be in partnership with ABC TV to produce HBO Asia’s very first original series, and the highest quality locally produced drama for our Asian audience. While HBO Asia is still in the business of delivering the biggest and best Hollywood blockbusters and series, this milestone investment marks the beginning of our commitment in producing in top quality, relevant and riveting content.”

Source: ABC press release

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