Prime Video, Guesswork Television and OK Great Productions today announced the start of production on the new Australian Amazon Original comedy series, Deadloch. From the creative minds of comedy duo Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan, the series will film exclusively in Southern Tasmania, and star Kate Box, Madeleine Sami, Alicia Gardiner and Nina Oyama. The eight-part Tasmanian noir crime comedy will film from February to May 2022 with acclaimed Australian directors Ben Chessell (The Great, Giri/Haji), Gracie Otto (The Moth Effect, Seriously Red) and Beck Cole (Black Comedy, Wentworth) with Andy Walker (Rosehaven, The Kettering Incident) producing.

The large ensemble cast led by Kate Box (Fires, Wentworth), Madeleine Sami (The Breaker Upperers), Alicia Gardiner (Wakefield, Offspring), and also includes comedian Tom Ballard, Nina Oyama (Utopia), Susie Youssef(Rosehaven), Pamela Rabe (Wentworth), Kris McQuade (Rosehaven), Duncan Fellows (The Letdown), Harvey Zielinski (Don’t Look Deeper), Shaun Martindale (The Tailings), Katie Robertson (Five Bedrooms), Nick Simpson-Deeks (Winners & Losers), Mia Morrissey (Home and Away), Leonie Whyman (Dark Place) and Mick Davies(Rosehaven) with Holly Austin, Kartanya Maynard and Naarah.

The Tasmanian town of Deadloch, a once sleepy seaside hamlet, is left reeling when a local man turns up dead on the beach. Two female detectives are thrown together to solve the case, fastidious local Senior Sergeant Dulcie Collins (Kate Box) and a rough as guts blow in from Darwin, Senior Investigator Eddie Redcliffe (Madeleine Sami) along with their overeager junior constable Abby (Nina Oyama). As the town prepares to launch the annual arts, food and culture Winter “Feastival”, the trio has to put their differences aside and work together to find the killer.

“Prime Video is proud to be bringing this fresh, hilarious and uniquely Australian story to life for our Prime members around the world,” said Erika North, head of originals, Asia Pacific, at Amazon Studios. “The series is Amazon’s third scripted drama produced locally and we are thrilled to work with Guesswork Television and OK Great Productions to bring this Tasmanian Noir that ‘The Kates’ have masterfully created to Prime Video. We are beyond excited that actors Kate Box, Madeleine Sami, Alicia Gardiner and Nina Oyama have signed on to bring this mysterious world to life.”

Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan said, “We are so incredibly thrilled to be bringing our story to life in lutruwita (Tasmania) with this extraordinary team of creatives. The fact that our Australian feminist noir crime comedy will launch globally on Prime Video for 200 million Prime members to see is mind-blowing. Powerhouses Kate Box and Madeleine Sami are leading a brilliant ensemble of actors. And most of all, we’re so grateful they’re all involved so that we never have to learn lines ever again.”

Kevin Whyte, Guesswork Television said, “We loved Deadloch from the first moment the Kates shared it with us five years ago and when the team at Prime Video had the same instant excitement, we knew we had found our partners. Making TV with the Kates for the third time, being back in Tassie and working again with the incomparable Andy Walker makes Deadloch pretty much TV nirvana.”

Written by Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan along with Kim Wilson, Christian White, Anchuli Felicia King, Kristy Fisher and Madeleine Sami. Produced by Andy Walker, Showrunners/Producers Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan. Co-Producer Fiona McConaghy and Executive producers Kate McCartney, Kate McLennan, Kevin Whyte and Tanya Phegan.

Since 2019, Prime Video has commissioned 15 Amazon Original series in Australia including The Test: A New Era for Australia’s Team, Making Their Mark, a series of 10 stand-up comedy specials by some of Australia’s best comedians, LOL: Last One Laughing AU with Rebel Wilson, Back to the Rafters, Luxe Listings Sydney S1 and S2, The Moth Effect, Head Above Water, the award-winning feature-length documentary, Burning and the upcoming Kick Like Tayla, Warriors On The Field and Class of ’07.

Deadloch will join thousands of TV shows and movies in the Prime Video catalogue, including hits like The Wheel Of Time, The Boys, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Coming 2 America, Without Remorse, The Tomorrow War, Nine Perfect Strangers, Upload, Golden Globe Award-winning films Being The Ricardos and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, plus Emmy Award-winners Fleabag, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Und and licensed content.

Prime members will be able to watch all episodes of Deadloch anywhere and anytime on the Prime Video app for smart TVs, mobile devices, Fire TV, Fire TV stick, Fire tablets, Apple TV and stream online. In the Prime Video app, Prime members can download episodes on their mobile devices and tablets and watch anywhere offline at no additional cost. Prime Video is available in Australia at no extra cost to a Prime membership for just AU$6.99/month, new customers can find out more at www.primevideo.com and subscribe to a free 30-day trial.

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About Guesswork Television

Guesswork Television works with the finest and funniest creators and stars in Australian television and pairs them with teams that are passionate about making great, global TV. Guesswork Television is a full-service production company with offices in Melbourne and Sydney, specialising in narrative comedy, authored documentary and studio entertainment shows. Guesswork’s slate of projects includes Hannah Gadsby: Nanette, Please Like Me, Frayed (co-produced with Merman), Rosehaven, Hard Quiz, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Get Krack!n, The Katering Show (Season 2), Whose Line is it Anyway? Australia, Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey, Judith Lucy is All Woman, Problems and The Edge of the Bush, as well as live standup comedy specials for Amazon Prime Video and Stan. Since kicking off in earnest in 2012, Guesswork shows and their creators have bagged a Primetime Emmy and multiple other awards including Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, Logie Awards, Writers’ Guild Awards, Screen Producers Awards and numerous other guild awards. In 2018, Guesswork Television was honoured by its peers as the Screen Production Business of the Year. Guesswork Distribution launched in 2017 to handle exploitation of Guesswork Television’s growing slate of original series, innovative formats and award-winning stand-up.


About OK Great Productions

Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan formed Ok Great Productions in 2019 to make a slate of projects that propel the voices of funny people. Together they have created the narrative comedy, Bleak – an award-winning 4-part web series about Life shitting on your face – which was later made into a 30-minute pilot for Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC. In 2014, the Kates created The Katering Show, an 8 x 10 min web-series about an intolerable foodie (McLennan) and her food intolerant friend (McCartney) – which they wrote and directed, and also produced with Tamasin Simpkin. The first season of The Katering Show debuted on Youtube in 2015 and was viewed over 2 million times within its first week online. To date, the channel has over 100,000 subscribers and episodes have had over 9 million views. The series won ‘Best of the Fest’ and ‘Best Short-Form Digital Series’ at the New York Television Festival and was nominated for a ‘Best Indie Web Series’ at the Streamy Awards (US). In Australia, ABC’s catch-up service, iView, commissioned a second season of the show and this production still remains the platform’s highest viewed original series. The Katering Show has also aired on ABC TV’s main channel. In 2017, McCartney and McLennan set their sights on the chirpy world of morning television with their full length satirical comedy Get Krack!n, which was made with the ABC and NBC’s SVOD service Seeso.

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