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DISNEY+ announces a huge investment in Australian production

DISNEY+ announces a huge investment in Australian production including a dramatic series about Australian cult ‘The Family’ starring Miranda Otto and Teresa Palmer

Australian TV great Rove McManus was on board to help launch The Walt Disney Company’s first big foray into home grown production at an event in Sydney on Tuesday.

The TV and movie giant announced a series of major projects, worth millions, which will be produced in Australia and New Zealand.

They include a drama series based on the notorious Australian cult ‘The Family’ and will be streamed on DISNEY+ .

Australian TV great Rove McManus was on board to help launch The Walt Disney Company’s first big foray into home grown production at an event in Sydney on Tuesday. He is pictured left with celebrity chef Donna Hay 

Other productions announced include lifestyle program Donna Hay Christmas, a six-part behind-the-scenes documentary about the Matildas football team and a drama-comedy set in Perth, Last Days of the Space Age, reports TVBlackbox.   

Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company in Australia and New Zealand said that the company was already at work developing more local productions.

Many of the projects seemed to be aimed at expanding Disney’s adult-oriented programming hub Star.

They include The Clearing, which is based on the novel of the same name by J.P. Pomare. 

The Clearing is a ficitonalised account of the so-called ‘Doomsday Cult’, founded in Victoria in the 1960s by Anne Hamilton-Byrne.

Australian star Miranda Otto, 54, will play a cult leader and Teresa Palmer co-stars as a former member who breaks away to try and lead a normal life.

The TV and movie giant announced a series of major projects, worth millions, which will be produced in Australia and New Zealand. Pictured: Melissa Andreatta, Elise McCredie, Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Donna Hay, Ebony Marinoff and Rove

The TV and movie giant announced a series of major projects, worth millions, which will be produced in Australia and New Zealand. Pictured: Melissa Andreatta, Elise McCredie, Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Donna Hay, Ebony Marinoff and Rove

The series will also star Guy Pearce and ex-Neighbours hunk Tom Budge.

Miranda Otto’s younger sister, Gracie Otto, 34, will direct the series alongside Australian actor-turned-filmmaker Jeffrey Walker (Riot, Lambs of God.)

Also part of Disney’s new Australian productions is The Artful Dodger, a ‘sequel’ to Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

Star power: Teresa Palmer will co-star in a new series called The Clearing, a ficitonalised account of the so-called 'Doomsday Cult'

Star power: Teresa Palmer will co-star in a new series called The Clearing, a ficitonalised account of the so-called ‘Doomsday Cult’

Set in Australia in the 1850s, the drama will feature the character Jack Dawkins, the  pick-pocket pal of the innocent Oliver Twist, who viewers will meet as an adult and working as a doctor in Sydney. 

Also included in the announcement on Tuesday were the documentaries: Fearless: The Inside story of the AFLW, Shipwreck Hunters and Chasing Waves.

Disney added another lifestyle program to their Donna Hay venture, What’s Your Toy Story?

According to reports the shows will stream on the Disney+ Star platform. 

Australian star Miranda Otto, 54, will play a cult leader and Teresa co-stars as a former member who breaks away to try and lead a normal life

Australian star Miranda Otto, 54, will play a cult leader and Teresa co-stars as a former member who breaks away to try and lead a normal life

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