Barons

Barons

The hedonistic world of surfing, the cutthroat culture of big business and the emotional rollercoaster of relationships, will collide in the new eight-part drama series Barons .

Commissioned by ABC with major production investment from Screen Australia, Barons weaves a compelling story about a group of brave but crazy, 20-something friends, who all have one thing in common – a love of the ocean and surfing.

Produced by 2Jons, Micanical Media and Fremantle, Barons is created by Michael Lawrence (Bra Boys, Fighting Fear) and John Molloy (The Gloaming, Molly) and multi-award-winning writer Liz Doran (Molly, Please Like Me) with producer Justin Davies (Beautiful People, Absolutely Fabulous) heading Fremantle’s creative team. Filming in New South Wales, acclaimed director Shawn Seet (The Code, Storm Boy) will set up the series with Emmy Award-winning surf director Taylor Steele (Momentum, Momentum Generation) capturing the action sequences, Barons will be an ABC and ABC iview must-watch television event.

Set in the 1970’s, a surf-crazed group of hippy friends turn their backs on the world in search of their ideal patch of surfing paradise. Little do they know that their desire for ultimate freedom and the perfect wave, will take them from the beach to the boardroom, creating billion-dollar empires. But in selling their surfing dream to the world, these best friends will become fierce rivals and the question for this found family is – once you sell paradise can you ever get it back again?

Michael Lawrence (Micanical Media) and John Molloy (2Jons) explain, “In the 70’s Australia sat at the edge of the world, an isolation that allowed us to explore who we are and imagine who we want to be. Barons revels in the energy and potential of this time – the beautiful, the bad, the wild and the unknown. We hope these characters will find a place in your heart.”

ABC Head of Drama, Entertainment and Indigenous Sally Riley says, “With a free-spirited sense of adventure, a cast of extraordinary characters and stunning ocean backdrops, Barons promises to take audiences on an unforgettable ride. It’s a uniquely Australian story from a stellar creative team and we can’t wait to dive into production.”

Screen Australia’s Head of Content Sally Caplan said, “We’re excited to support this captivating drama with strong scripts and well-rounded characters from Liz Doran, Marieke Hardy (Laid, Seven Types of Ambiguity) and Matt Cameron (Secret City, Jack Irish), three writers at the top of their game. With Barons, viewers are sure to be treated to compelling storytelling about an iconic aspect of Australian culture.”

Chris Oliver-Taylor , Fremantle CEO Asia-Pacific, said, “ Barons is a ground-breaking production, one of Fremantle’s most ambitious for 2021. We are delighted to be going on this journey with the very best creative talent in John, Mick, Liz and Justin at the helm to tell this amazing story which no doubt will enthral Australian audiences and certainly resonate on a global scale – we are excited to get started.”

Production credit: 2 Jons, Micanical Media and Fremantle production for ABC with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC. Financed with support from Screen NSW. Produced by John Molloy, Michael Lawrence, Justin Davies. Executive Producers Chris Oliver-Taylor, Nick Cook, Taylor Steele, Liz Doran, Jon Adgemis, Michael Gudinski. ABC Executive Producers Brett Sleigh and Rebecca Anderson.

Barons will film in New South Wales later this year and air on ABC in 2022.

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The 8 part drama has filmed at Palm Beach, Warriewood and Collaroy and will continue until mid-September, observing strict workplace COVID health rules.

It’s a wrap! ABC’s drama Barons in the bag

A fantastic ensemble cast, dominated by Australia’s hottest young talent, have just finished filming ABC’s exciting 2022 drama Barons. Set in the 1970s hedonistic world of surfing and the cutthroat culture of entrepreneurship, Barons sense of adventure, fun and infinite possibilities, will appeal to both young and young at heart audiences.

Headlining the eight-part series are Sean Keenan ( Puberty Blues, Glitch ) as “Trotter” and Ben O’Toole ( Halifax: Retribution ) as “Snapper”, best friends turned bitter rivals going head-to-head to build their billion-dollar surf empires, alongside Jillian Nguyen ( Clickbait ) as Trotter’s wife and business partner, “Tracy”. Joining them are Hunter Page-Lochard ( Fires ), George Pullar ( Fighting Season ), Lincoln Younes ( Grand Hotel ), Sophia Forrest ( Ride Like a Girl ), Vivienne Awosoga ( Wentworth ), Nicholas Burton ( Pieces of Her ), Karina Banno ( Reckoning ), newcomer Megan MacKenzie, Kick Gurry ( Edge of Tomorrow ), Catherine Van-Davies ( Hungry Ghosts ), Alexander England ( Offspring ) and British-American actor Ione Skye ( Arrested Development ).

Having navigated strict covid protocols to bring the world of Barons to life, was acclaimed set up director Shawn Seet ( The Code , Storm Boy ) working alongside Fadia Abboud ( Here Out West ), while Emmy award-winning surf director Taylor Steele ( Momentum , Momentum Generation ) captured all the surf action.

Barons tells the story of a surf-crazed group of hippy friends who turn their backs on the world in search of their ideal patch of surfing paradise. Little do they know that their desire for ultimate freedom and the perfect wave will take them from the beach to the boardroom, creating billion-dollar empires. But in selling their surfing dream to the world, these best friends will become fierce rivals and the question for this found family is - once you sell paradise can you ever get it back again?

Barons will be an ABC TV and ABC iview must-watch television event in 2022.

Production credit: 2 Jons, Micanical Media and Fremantle production for ABC with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC. Financed with support from Screen NSW. Created by Michael Lawrence, John Molloy, Liz Doran. Written by Liz Doran, Matt Cameron, Marieke Hardy. Produced by John Molloy, Michael Lawrence. Producer Justin Davies. Executive Producers Chris Oliver-Taylor, Nick Cook, Taylor Steele, Liz Doran, Jon Adgemis, Michael Gudinski. ABC Executive Producers Brett Sleigh and Rebecca Anderson. International distribution by Fremantle.

From 2020 Upfronts

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Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast, dominated by Australia’s hottest young talent, including; Sean Keenan, Jillian Nguyen, Ben O’Toole, Hunter Page-Lochard, Sophia Forrest, George Pullar, Lincoln Younes and Vivenne Awosoga.

Barons tells the story of a surf-crazed group of hippy friends who turn their backs on the world in search of their ideal patch of surfing paradise.

Little do they know that their desire for ultimate freedom and the perfect wave will take them from the beach to the boardroom, creating billion-dollar empires. But in selling their surfing dream to the world, these best friends will become fierce rivals and the question for this found family is - once you sell paradise can you ever get it back again?

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Set in the 1970s hedonistic world of surfing and the cutthroat culture of entrepreneurship, Barons sense of adventure, fun and infinite possibilities, will appeal to both young and young at heart audiences.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

2 Jons, Micanical Media and Fremantle production for ABC with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC. Financed with support from Screen NSW. Created by Michael Lawrence, John Molloy, Liz Doran. Written by Liz Doran, Matt Cameron, Marieke Hardy. Produced by John Molloy, Michael Lawrence. Producer Justin Davies. Executive Producers: Chris Oliver-Taylor, Nick Cook, Taylor Steele, Liz Doran, Jon Adgemis, Michael Gudinski. ABC Executive Producers: Brett Sleigh and Rebecca Anderson. International distribution by Fremantle.

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Deadline has included Barons in the list of seven international dramas the website believes will make waves in 2022.

Barons does look very promising. Looking forward it.

Korea keeps popping up in world lists of TV series, movies and music. If only the Australian government saw the value of the Arts and Entertainment and supported them as much. All their productions have become major exports for Korea.

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