New Gold Mountain

New Gold Mountain

Continuing SBS’s streak of critically acclaimed original dramas, New Gold Mountain, a revisionist Western, will join SBS’s supernatural drama series, Hungry Ghosts , as part of the network’s bold drama offering next year.

This murder mystery, directed by The Hunting ’s Ana Kokkinos, and produced by Goalpost Television, is the untold true story of the Australian gold rush from the perspective of Chinese miners who risked everything for a chance at unlikely wealth in a strange land.

SBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald , said: “SBS thrives on telling stories that explore complex issues and can have meaningful impact. With permission to be bold, original and genre bending – SBS is a leader in original dramas that inform, entertain and, where possible, shift the dial on attitudes. Our recent success with the AACTA-nominated series The Hunting ignited a national discussion while showcasing fresh, diverse local talent, and we’re excited to do that again with New Gold Mountain . We’re thrilled to be working with Goalpost Television on our upcoming drama offering.”

Screen Australia’s Head of Content, Sally Caplan , said: “ New Gold Mountain is set to bring a unique piece of Australian history to our screens, shining a light on the Chinese migrants of the 1850’s whose stories have seldom been told. We’re thrilled to support experienced director Ana Kokkinos, along with the talented team of writers and producers Goalpost Television, on this character-driven thriller that I’m sure will captivate audiences on SBS in 2020.”

Goalpost TV Producer, Kylie du Fresne , said: “Goalpost is thrilled to be partnering with SBS on their first major period series they’ve commissioned. Series creator Peter Cox has vividly brought this world to life. His writing is exceptional. Along with my fellow producers Liam Heyen and Elisa Argenzio, I am also delighted that Peter will be joined on the writing team by Benjamin Law and Yolanda Ramke and the amazing directorial talents of Ana Kokkinos.”

Production on the series commences in 2020 and will be filmed in Victoria. Cast announcements will follow in the coming months. New Gold Mountain is a Goalpost Television production for SBS. Major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with SBS. all3media international is the global partner on the show.

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Or was it partly told in one of the backstories for one of the characters in Glitch? :wink:

SBS director of TV and online content told Mediaweek that New Gold Mountain would begin shooting around mid 2020.

New Gold Mountain is the first time we have done a period drama. In the past it has been too expensive for us, but with the help of Screen Australia and All3Media we have managed to make it happen for the first time. It will be great to have Benjamin Law on board as one of the scriptwriters. It is a murder mystery set during the height of the gold rush. It is a crucial part of Australian history that hasn’t been told very often from a multicultural perspective.

SBS’s most ambitious drama yet, New Gold Mountain, starts production

New Gold Mountain

Yoson An and Alyssa Sutherland lead a diverse ensemble cast in SBS’s four-part murder mystery

An internationally renowned cast leads SBS’s new four-part original drama series, New Gold Mountain , which is currently in production in Victoria.

Mulan and Dead Lucky’s Yoson An stars alongside Vikings’ Alyssa Sutherland, Christopher James Baker from True Detective , acclaimed actor Dan Spielman ( The Code ), and local breakout talent Mabel Li (The Tailings).

Produced by Goalpost Television for SBS and Directed by Corrie Chen ( Homecoming Queens, Wentworth ), New Gold Mountain tells the untold story of the Australian gold rush from the perspective of Chinese miners who risked everything for a chance at unlikely fortune in a new land. Inspired by real life, the series follows a group of compelling characters brought together by a mysterious murder and takes an unprecedented look into the wild west era of the Australian gold rush.

Key scenes for the series are being filmed at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat with filming also taking place around Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Yoson An said: “I’m incredibly excited to be diving into the intricately diverse world of New Gold Mountain created by Peter Cox. I feel extremely honoured to be working with SBS and Goalpost Television to be playing such a prominent part in this new series. The role of Leung Wei Shing (the headman of the Chinese digging camp) is probably one of the most layered and complex characters I’ve had the opportunity to explore, and I’m very much looking forward to collaborating with our Director, Corrie Chen, in bringing him to life.”

Alyssa Sutherland said: “I’m thrilled to bring Belle to life in what I know will be a gripping and thought-provoking Australian series on SBS, produced by Goalpost Television. Belle is determined to buck tradition in a time that was typically oppressive to women, and is tenacious in her search for the truth. I’m extraordinarily grateful for this opportunity to dig in to a gutsy female character and work with our wonderful Director, Corrie Chen.”

Corrie Chen said: “’The search for belonging’ is one of the oldest stories we tell ourselves, but one that never ceases to feel particularly urgent and captivating. Bold, ruthless, entertaining and darkly humorous, New Gold Mountain is the seminal immigration story that will redefine our perception of frontier Australia. As an immigrant and non-European settler, I am particularly excited to be directing a show that will finally let me put Chinese-Australian cowboys on screen and revising the canon of the classic Western.”

SBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald, said:New Gold Mountain is our first foray into period drama, and one of our most ambitious projects yet. This daring and intense series is distinctly SBS, showcasing the complex relationships and tensions between the migrant gold miners of the 1850s within the legacy of the Victorian Goldfields.

“SBS continues to push boundaries with our local slate of dramas, and we’re proud to tell stories otherwise untold and give a voice to diverse communities otherwise unheard. We are thrilled to be creating this bold drama with the team at Goalpost Television and an incredibly talented cast with a wealth of experience.”

Kylie du Fresne, Goalpost Television, said: “When SBS expressed an interest in doing their first period show about the Goldrush, at Goalpost Television we were beyond thrilled; it’s a period of Australian history that was screaming to be told. Who wouldn’t want to do a revisionist western set in the 1850s? The world Peter Cox has created is extraordinary and under Corrie Chen’s skilful and visionary direction, I think this is going to be a series that really stands out in the world.”

Sally Caplan, Head of Content at Screen Australia, said: “We’re so pleased to see this premium drama go into production in Victoria. In the very capable hands of Director Corrie Chen, New Gold Mountain is set to be a gripping series that showcases a unique piece of Australia’s history and I’m confident it will captivate viewers on SBS next year.”

Film Victoria CEO, Caroline Pitcher, said: “Understanding our history from all perspectives is important in connecting with our past and each other, and we’re excited that SBS and Goalpost Television have put this story in the hands of talented Victorian Director, Corrie Chen. There is also nothing like recreating a story in the place in which it happened and I can’t wait to see Victoria’s gold-boom towns and sweeping regional landscapes shine on screen.”

Head of Screen NSW, Grainne Brunsdon, said: “Screen NSW is committed to supporting NSW talent and amplifying diverse stories that strengthen and reflect our communities. I am thrilled SBS and Goalpost Television will be working with a high calibre of talent from NSW and across the country to bring this important Chinese-Australian story to life for the first time.”

Maartje Horchner, EVP Content, all3media International, said: “We are so pleased to be working with Goalpost Television on New Gold Mountain . The show reflects a fascinating time in Australia’s diverse history, illuminating stories of Chinese immigration and the gold rush period with contemporary and timely resonance. The narrative thrust is an intriguing murder mystery, which ensures mainstream appeal. As a result, we are confident the show will be attractive to international audiences.”

Also appearing in the series is Leonie Whyman ( Redfern Now ), Sam Wang ( Runaway Millionaires ), Rhys Muldoon ( Informer 3838 ), Alison Bell ( The Letdown ), Chris Mah ( Underbelly Files: Chopper) and Travis Cotton ( Romper Stomper ).

New Gold Mountain is created and written by Peter Cox ( The Insider’s Guide to Happiness ) and produced by Kylie du Fresne ( The Invisible Man ) and Elisa Argenzio ( Lambs of God ). Writers include Yolanda Ramke (Director of The Haunting of Bly Manor ), Benjamin Law ( The Family Law ), Greg Waters ( Riot ), and Pip Karmel ( Total Control) . Creatives Jean Tong , Olivia Cheung and Samantha Kwang are being supported by Film Victoria to undertake industry placements on the production. The series is executive produced by Amanda Duthie (SBS).

New Gold Mountain is a Goalpost Television production for SBS. Major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with SBS. Financed with support from Film Victoria and Screen NSW. all3media International is the global partner on the show. Goalpost Television has a first look deal with all3media International.

New Gold Mountain will premiere on SBS and SBS On Demand in 2021.

New Gold Mountain won’t be shown until Q4 this year, SBS channel manager Ben Nguyen told TV Tonight.

SBS’s new Australian drama New Gold Mountain premieres Wednesday 13 October at 9.30pm

Fortune comes at a price…

SBS’s new Australian drama New Gold Mountain premieres Wednesday 13 October at 9.30pm

Yoson An and Alyssa Sutherland lead a diverse ensemble cast in new four-part series

Bold, ruthless and darkly humorous, New Gold Mountain brings to the screen for the very first time, the remarkable and untold story of the Chinese miners who arrived in the Victorian Goldfields in their thousands in the 1850s to try to make their fortune. Using inspired-by-real-life characters and shining a light on forgotten events, this revisionist Western is based in the harsh wild west era of the Australian gold rush and unearths a captivating murder mystery.

Filmed in Sovereign Hill and around Melbourne and regional Victoria, this epic four-part series from Goalpost Pictures starts Wednesday 13 October at 9.30pm on SBS and SBS On Demand.

The series opens in Ballarat, in 1857, where European, Chinese and Indigenous Australian characters live together in a wild-west frontier town as they seek to strike it rich by finding gold. Tensions between rival camps run high, and Wei Shing, the charismatic leader of the Chinese operation, struggles to remain in control as he secretly amasses his own riches. A further threat to his authority is Cheung Lei, a formidable woman who has arrived with orders from China from her powerful father. When a white woman is found murdered, Shing is fearful the prejudiced Europeans will blame the Chinese. Determined to remain in power and keep his fortune, Shing must find out what really happened. As Shing unravels the mystery, he encounters the recently widowed Belle, who is making her name in town through the local newspaper she has inherited, and Hattie, a young Aboriginal girl trying to get by.

SBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald said:New Gold Mountain is one of SBS’s proudest achievements — it’s not only our first foray into period drama, but it’s one of our most ambitious projects yet. The powerful series combines high concept drama with relatable characters that put a human lens on a pivotal moment in our history that we’ve never seen on our screens before.

New Gold Mountain is a uniquely SBS drama that speaks right to the heart of the SBS Charter. It explores themes of identity and belonging, class and race inequality and the nature and construction of truth.”

Director, Corrie Chen, said:New Gold Mountain is a high impact, authored piece of storytelling that demands attention from audiences, and we are thrilled to share it with Australia. This is a precious moment. Let’s reimagine the Chinese voice in our colonial history, one Akubra at a time.”

Kylie du Fresne, Goalpost Television, said: “As a producer it’s thrilling to bring to audiences a series as ambitious in scale and original in intent as New Gold Mountain . It’s genuinely landmark television - a compelling story set in a fascinating period in Australia’s history, from a perspective we’ve never seen before and directed by Corrie Chen, one of our most exciting creative talents.”

Sally Caplan, Head of Content at Screen Australia, said: “We are so proud to see this stellar drama from such a talented team go to air on SBS. Viewers are in for a treat, with a gripping mystery that offers a glimpse into Australian history they may not have seen before.”

The show’s cultural clash is also highlighted by its score, which takes inspiration from both Eastern and Western music.

Produced by Goalpost Television and Directed by Corrie Chen ( Homecoming Queens, Wentworth ),

New Gold Mountain is helmed by a stellar ensemble cast featuring Mulan and Dead Lucky’s Yoson An, Vikings’ Alyssa Sutherland, Christopher James Baker from True Detective , Dan Spielman ( The Code ), Mabel Li (The Tailings), Leonie Whyman ( Redfern Now ), Sam Wang ( Runaway Millionaires ), Rhys Muldoon ( Informer 3838 ), Alison Bell ( The Letdown ), Chris Masters Mah ( Underbelly Files: Chopper) and Travis Cotton ( Romper Stomper ).

New Gold Mountain is created and written by Peter Cox ( The Insider’s Guide to Happiness ) and produced by Kylie du Fresne ( The Invisible Man ) and Elisa Argenzio ( Lambs of God ). Writers include Yolanda Ramke (Director of The Haunting of Bly Manor ), Benjamin Law ( The Family Law ), Greg Waters ( Riot ), and Pip Karmel ( Total Control) . Creatives Jean Tong , Olivia Cheung and Samantha Kwang were supported by Film Victoria to undertake industry placements on the production.

To mark the launch, SBS will be celebrating across its platforms with a curated collection of content across the network. SBS will also present a special half-hour program – New Gold Mountain Unwrapped – featuring the creatives discussing the making of the series. It will be available on SBS On Demand following the series finale on October 21.

To support the drama, SBS will relaunch the website Gold! via SBS Learn, SBS’s dedicated website for teachers. Gold! will be mapped to the Australian Curriculum and tailored for educational settings. The site will enrich teaching and learning by highlighting First Nations, multilingual and multicultural experiences of the Australian goldrush era.

New Gold Mountain is a Goalpost Television production for SBS. Major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with SBS. Financed with support from Film Victoria and Screen NSW. all3media International is the global partner on the show.

The series will be subtitled in Arabic, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean​ and will be added to the subtitled collection on SBS On Demand.

New Gold Mountain airs over two big weeks premiering Wednesday 13 October at 9.30pm and continuing on Thursday 14 October, Wednesday 20 October, and Thursday 21 October at 9.30pm on SBS and SBS On Demand.

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Behind The Scenes video

SBS has set up a dedicated program website in both English and Chinese, featuring articles and interviews with experts, actors and production staff on the series and the history of Chinese gold exploration in Victoria. Some interviews were also broadcast on SBS Radio over the past week.

English:

Chinese:

The drama features a new rendition of Silverchair classic Tomorrow in Mandarin by Sydney singer-songwriter Cat Stratton, who was a finalist on The X Factor Australia in 2017 as a member of trio AYA. The soundtrack is now streaming on all major platforms.
https://themusic.com.au/news/silverchair-tomorrow-covered-for-sbs-series-new-gold-mountain-cat-strat/eEZgam1sb24/14-10-21/

I saw the final two episodes this afternoon. While the final episode tied up the storyline satisfactorily, it also leaves a couple of questions.

You can watch all four episodes in a row of New Gold Mountain, on SBS World Movies - this Saturday, from 8.30pm until 12.25am.

Can I watch it on SBS demand?

The internet is your friend.

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Thanks your reminded me to check

In a deal negotiated by All3Media International, the AMC Networks streaming service will also screen the four-part series in Canada and UK, with its premiere on February 3.

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Variety reports the drama series has been sold to Hong Kong pay TV broadcaster Now TV.