Local TV production company Every Cloud has begun casting for its new television drama series, The Gods of Wheat Street, which will be filmed in the northern rivers later this year and will screen on ABC TV.
The producers are looking for Indigenous kids, teenagers, men and women aged between 20 and 70 for roles in the series. Auditions will begin in August.
The production is backed by Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox, the team behind Byron-based series East of Everything and the recently screened Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.
Deb said she and Fiona and were delighted to be working back home in the northern rivers.
‘We are thrilled to be working with local producer Lois Randall and local producer and screenwriter Jon Bell, who grew up in Casino,’ she added.
Written by Jon Bell, a Wiradjuri and Bundjalung man, The Gods of Wheat Street transports the audience into the world, hearts and humour of the Freeburns, a modern Aboriginal family of local legends.
The central character in the series is Odin Freeburn, head of the family before his time, and pulled in all directions. As a young boy 20 years ago Odin promised his dying mother he would keep the family together. Now he has one brother in jail, another brother is in love with the daughter of the family enemy, and his wife has run away to the city leaving him to raise their two daughters. His employer has just died, his sister-in-law is in love with him, and the spirit of his mother Eden has come back on a mission to tell him how do it all so much better and protect the important destiny of the Freeburn line… just a normal day for Odin Freeburn!
But there are schemes against him and pressure is mounting for Odin. Can he let go of his past in time to save the future?
‘The series is an intimate journey into the lives and hearts of a modern Aboriginal family of local legends. Each episode spans a few hectic days with a touch of magic and lots of deadpan humour that help our characters rise above obstacles – such as death, financial difficulties and injustice – that would bring mere mortals to their knees so that they can get on with the important matters of love, family and football,’ Jon says.
Developed with assistance from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Indigenous department of Screen Australia, The Gods of Wheat Street series will screen on ABC1.
The series will shoot from 8 October to 14 December. Anyone interested in auditioning should contact Anousha on 0413 689 495 or email a photo of yourself with contact details to [email protected].