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‘Top End Bub’ TV Series To Continue Aussie Romance

The romantic comedy series “Top End Bub” is set to kick off production next month in Australia, serving as a follow-up to the popular 2019 film “Top End Wedding.” Returning to their roles are Miranda Tapsell from “The Sapphires” and Gwilym Lee from “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The series, spearheaded by “Top End Wedding” writers Joshua Tyler and Tapsell, will be executive produced and written by the duo, with Goalpost Pictures handling production. It’s slated to premiere on Prime Video in Australia and New Zealand, with international distribution managed by Germany’s ZDF Studios.

While the 2019 film, directed by Wayne Blair, followed an engaged couple’s frantic search across Australia’s remote northern regions for the bride’s missing mother, the upcoming eight-part series takes a different turn. It revolves around the married couple’s decision to leave behind their urban comforts and relocate to the Top End, where they’ll be raising their recently orphaned niece. Tapsell’s character, Lauren, an Indigenous lawyer, grapples with her cultural responsibilities, transitioning from individualist to family linchpin.

Executive producer Rosemary Blight of Goalpost Pictures is joined by directors Christian Van Vuuren and Shari Sebbens for the series, which will be filmed in Adelaide (South Australia) and the Northern Territory starting in May, thanks to support from Screen Australia, Screen Territory, and the South Australian Film Corporation.

Sarah Christie, senior development executive at Amazon MGM Studios, expressed pride in reviving the beloved characters of “Top End Wedding” through the television spin-off “Top End Bub,” exclusively for Prime members in Australia and New Zealand.

Yi Qiao, director of drama at ZDF Studios, highlighted the humorous dynamics as the protagonists navigate life in the outback, surrounded by Lauren’s extensive family and a vibrant array of characters.

Despite recent cutbacks in original show production in Southeast Asia, Prime Video remains committed to Australian productions. Since 2019, the platform has greenlit 29 original series and features in Australia.

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