Rachael Blake and Mairi Cameron on the set of 'The Second'. (Photo: Stephen Lance.)

Production kicked off last week in south east Queensland on Stan’s first feature, The Second. 

The psychological thriller, first announced early last year, is being directed by Mairi Cameron and produced by Leanne Tonkes and writer Stephen Lance. Tonkes and Lance have previously worked together on the 2014 feature My Mistress.

Shooting will take place in Brisbane and through the Western Downs region including Dalby’s Jimbour House, Jandowae and Lake Broadwater. 

“Stephen Lance and I are delighted to be launching Mairi’s feature career and to be working with Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell of Tangerine Entertainment – two wonderful advocates of female filmmakers," said Tonkes. 

The Second follows two female friends whose lives entwine in the pages of an elusive second novel. Cast includes Rachael Blake, Susie Porter, Vince Colosimo, Martin Sacks and Susan Prior. 

The film was named as the initial project from Screen Queensland Originals Fully Funded Features initiative with Stan. It will receive a national theatricial release in 2018 via Mindblowing World before its exclusive release on the streaming platform. 

“We’re delighted to have Stan’s first original film, The Second begin production,” said Stan’s chief content officer Nick Forward.

“It’s been a fantastic process working with the team at Screen Queensland and this amazing group of creatives, and we can’t wait to bring it to Australian audiences in 2018.” 

Stan has already made several Australian original series, including No Activity, Wolf Creek and The Other Guy, currently in post production. 

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