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22 04 2021 - Media release

Queensland crime drama Troppo coming to ABC

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Yolanda Ramke, Thomas Jane

ABC, AGC Television, Screen Australia and Screen Queensland are thrilled to announce that American actor Thomas Jane (The Expanse, Hung) is heading to tropical Queensland to star in the new eight-part crime drama Troppo, based on Candice Fox’s bestselling novel Crimson Lake.

Produced by EQ Media Group and Beyond Entertainment, with AGC Television onboard as co-financier and co-producer, Troppo follows the life of disgraced ex-cop Ted Conkaffey (Thomas Jane).

Ted finds himself begrudgingly recruited by Amanda Pharrell - an eccentric PI with a disturbing criminal past - to help uncover the whereabouts of a missing Korean family man and tech pioneer. Although by-the-book Ted and whirlwind Amanda inevitably clash, as they begin to unravel a string of bizarre deaths, the partnership that once seemed doomed to fail will see them thrust into a mutual fight for survival and sanity in the wilds of Far North Queensland, as their own traumatic pasts are dragged painfully into the present.

Filming on the Gold Coast and in Far North Queensland later this year, Troppo is created for television by Yolanda Ramke (Cargo, The Haunting of Bly Manor). AACTA Award-winner Jocelyn Moorhouse (Wakefield, Stateless) is set-up director. Further cast and crew announcements to come.

Executive producers on Troppo are AGC’s Stuart Ford and Lourdes Diaz; Thomas Jane, and Courtney Lauren Penn; ABC’s Sally Riley and Andrew Gregory; EQ Media’s Greg Quail, Simonne Overend and Lisa Duff; Beyond Entertainment’s Mikael Borglund and David Ogilvy.

ABC Head of Scripted Production Sally Riley says, “We’re thrilled to welcome Thomas Jane to our shores and can’t wait to see him and the talented team at EQ Media Group and Beyond Entertainment bring this gripping series to life.”

AGC Television President Lourdes Diaz says, “AGC Television is excited to co-finance Yolanda Ramke’s fantastic adaptation of Crimson Lake, and to be partnering with the ABC, Beyond Entertainment and EQ Media Group to bring this story to screens all over the world. We’re thrilled to have Thomas Jane on board as our Ted.”

Screen Australia’s Head of Content Sally Caplan says, “We’re proud to support Troppo, a riveting Australian crime drama set in the crocodile-infested wilderness of Far North Queensland. Yolanda Ramke has expertly adapted Candice Fox’s bestselling novel, weaving sharp humour into a gripping story that we anticipate will engage audiences here and internationally.”

Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich says, “From the South East through to the lush tropical rainforests of the Far North, Queensland will star alongside Thomas Jane in this Australian-made crime series, which is supported by the Queensland Government via Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy, creating 130 jobs for local cast, crew and extras.”

Troppo will film later this year and premiere on ABC and ABC iview in 2022.

Production Credits: An EQ Media Group and Beyond Entertainment production. Major production financing from ABC, AGC Studios and Screen Australia in association with Screen Queensland and with support from the City of Gold Coast.  International distribution by AGC Studios. Series Producer Karl Zwicky. Executive Producers: Greg Quail, Lisa Duff and Simonne Overend (EQ Media Group), Mikael Borglund and David Ogilvy (Beyond Entertainment), Sally Riley and Andrew Gregory (ABC), Stuart Ford and Lourdes Diaz (AGC Studios), Thomas Jane and Courtney Lauren Penn. ABC Deputy Head of Scripted Production: Alex Baldwin.

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