The ABC and Roadshow Rough Diamond’s 10-part drama series Les Norton, which stars Rebel Wilson, David Wenham and Alexander Bertrand, began filming last week in Sydney, with Hunter Page-Lochard, Steve Le Marquand, Syd Zygier, Pallavi Sharda, Justin Rosniak and Kate Box joining the cast.
Set in 1985, the series – based on the novels by Robert G. Barrett – follows the exploits of Les Norton (Bertrand), a country bloke from outback Queensland. On the run from a troubled past, he blows into Sydney where he lands a job as a bouncer at a notorious illegal casino in Kings Cross. A classic fish out of water who’s desperate to get home, he soon finds himself seduced by the city’s illicit charms and dragged into a web of underground criminality.
Created by Morgan O’Neill and produced by Daniel Edwards and John Edwards, the directors include Jocelyn Moorhouse, Fadia Abboud, David Caesar and O’Neill. O’Neill has written the scripts alongside writers Christopher Lee, Samantha Winston, Shanti Gudgeon, Malcolm Knox, and Jessica Tuckwell.
Screen Australia and Create NSW have invested in the series, executive produced by ABC head of drama, comedy & Indigenous Sally Riley, the ABC’s Andrew Gregory; Deeper Water Films’ John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz, and John Singleton and Jack Singleton.
Sonar Entertainment is handling international sales and distribution.