Jenna Coleman to film BBC drama in Australia
Jacquelin Perske has adapted The Cry from the novel of the same name by Helen FitzGerald.
The psychological drama is set in Scotland and Australia, and explores the life-changing impact on a married couple when their new-born baby is abducted from a small Australian town.
The Cry will film for 10 weeks in total with the first half in Australia. The producer is Brian Kaczynski with Claire Mundell executive producing for Synchronicity Films alongside Elizabeth Kilgarriff and Gaynor Holmes for BBC One.
Scotland regularly hosts high-profile TV productions, but struggles to attract big-budget feature films as it remains the only part of the UK without a major purpose-built studio.
Producers of the US drama Outlander have helped raise Scotland’s production profile by creating Wardpark Studios in Cumbernauld on the site of a former industrial estate.
Expansion plans have been announced for Wardpark for this year, but the Scottish government remains under pressure to establish a state-funded studio to attract international projects.
Melbourne regularly hosts international shoots and offers five sound stages at Docklands Studios Melbourne. High-profile projects have included critically-acclaimed US drama The Leftovers and sci-fi series Childhood’s End.
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