Season two of Rosehaven to showcase Tasmania to the world

Will Hodgman, Premier acting for and on behalf of the Minister for the Arts

18 May 2017

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has been a proud supporter of the ABC comedy series Rosehaven and this support is set to continue with an additional $300,000 in the state Budget next week, to secure the production of the second season of this popular television show and support more locals into jobs in the cultural and creative industries.

Season two of the production will see approximately $2 million spent in the local economy, as well as ensure the employment of an almost entirely local cast and an anticipated 70 per cent locally based crew.

Rosehaven has charmed Australians and the second season will see the state projected into living rooms around the world, with a new deal to broadcast the series on the Sundance Channel in the USA and on Sundance Now streaming service in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The series is a What Horse?/Guesswork Television Production in association with the ABC, Film Victoria, the Sundance Channel and Screen Tasmania, and shooting is expected to get underway in coming months.

Tasmania's locations won't be the only stars with a number of locals including Luke McGregor, Katie Robinson, Kris McQuade and Noela Foxcroft returning with lead roles in the series.

It's also fantastic to see that rising Tasmanian star Shaun Wilson will be directing four of the eight episodes, after directing an episode in season one.

Tasmania has a growing reputation as a cultural and creative industry leader and the series is a testament to the talent and creativity of the Tasmanian screen production industry which has had an extraordinary year.

This announcement follows closely from the success of The Kettering Incident, which recently won two Logie Awards, not to mention feature films Lion and The Light Between Oceans, and animated series Fanshaw & Crudnutt and Little J & Big Cuz.

Tasmania will also play host to Jennifer Kent's Nightingale in 2017, which is expected to spend $3.6 million in the state after the Government's investment of $200,000.

The Government will continue to support productions such as this as they provide considerable investment in regional areas, as well as generating local jobs, substantial amounts are also spent by the crews on accommodation, transportation and hospitality services.

** The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sundance Channel and Screen Tasmania present, in association with Film Victoria, a What Horse?/Guesswork Television Production.

Created and Written By Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor.

Directed by Jonathon Brough and Shaun Wilson.

Produced by Andrew Walker. Co-Producer Fiona McConaghy. Executive Producer Kevin Whyte. ABC Executive Producer Rick Kalowski and Brett Sleigh. Sundance Executive Producer Chris Loveall.