4 May 2021
Victoria’s screen industry is back in action with filming commencing on the drama series La Brea, the biggest television series to come to the state in more than a decade.
Image: Film Victoria CEO Caroline Pitcher and Creator and Showrunner David Applebaum on the set of 'La Brea'
The high-end Universal Television and Matchbox Pictures drama series will see Melbourne double for Los Angeles and follows a family’s survival after they are separated by a massive sinkhole that mysteriously opens in the city.
With the shoot, post production and visual effects taking place in Victoria, the project is expected to inject more than $71 million into the Australian economy, with more than $60 million to be spent in Victoria alone. The series will create jobs for 290 local cast and crew members, and work for around 295 local businesses. The last production of this scale to shoot in the state was the HBO series The Pacific in 2007-08.
Alongside a cast of international television actors including Nicholas Gonzalez, Eoin Macken, Natalie Zea and John Seda, Victorian actor Rohan Mirchandaney will make his US TV debut without leaving home.
La Brea is one of four major television productions currently underway in Victoria including the Paramount Television and Apple TV+ series Shantaram currently shooting at Docklands Studios Melbourne, the NBCUniversal and Tony Ayres Productions series Fires shooting in Melbourne and regional Victoria for the ABC, and the Netflix series Surviving Summer now shooting along the Surf Coast.
La Brea was secured for Victoria through the Victorian Screen Incentive, which was part of the Victorian Government’s $33.8 million boost to the state’s screen industry announced last year. The production has also been backed by the Australian Government.