Filming of SBS thriller Safe Harbour on Moreton Bay

CAST: The Safe Harbour cast pictured at the first script reading for the SBS production. Photo: SBS
CAST: The Safe Harbour cast pictured at the first script reading for the SBS production. Photo: SBS

CONTRARY to some speculation, there is not a boat of asylum seekers north of Peel Island on Moreton Bay.

Filming for an SBS produced drama series, Safe Harbour is underway.

The psychological thriller, set in Brisbane, is about friends whose sailing holiday of a lifetime to Indonesia alters their lives after they cross paths with a fishing boat overloaded with asylum seekers on their way to Australia.

The series features Australian actress Phoebe Tonkin, of The Vampire DiariesThe Originals and H2O Just Add Water fame and the award-winning Joel Jackson, from Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door and Deadline Gallipoli.

Other members of the cast are Ewen Leslie (RakeJanet King and the upcoming second season of Top of the Lake), Leeanna Walsman (Seven Types of AmbiguityCleverman and Looking for Alibrandi) and Jacqueline McKenzie (The 4400 and The Water Diviner).

SBS’ television and online content director Marshall Heald said Safe Harbour was a bold and thought-provoking drama, along the lines of The PrincipalDeep Water and Sunshine.

“This is a series with heart and purpose, that only SBS could make – a psychological thriller that will both captivate audiences and get them talking about issues that impact all of us,” he said.

“We are excited to be working with the enormously talented Matchbox Pictures team and a brilliant young ensemble cast who bring the story to life in beautiful Brisbane.”

Production head at Screen Australia Sally Caplan said Safe Harbour would continue in the tradition of high quality Australian dramas that had the ability to start national conversations.

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