Tony Ayres

Award-winning showrunner Tony Ayres has returned to Docklands Studios with a new Australian drama series for global release on Netflix.

The Survivors, a crime-mystery set in a Tasmanian seaside town, will create an estimated 200 local jobs in Victoria and inject almost $11.8 million into the state’s economy.

The series is a Tony Ayres Production, backed by Matchbox Pictures and Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.

Following principal photography in Tasmania, the project has relocated to Docklands Studios to film in our super stage, Stage 6, and the state-of-the-art LED volume stages operated by NantStudios.

With backing from VicScreen’s Victorian Production Fund to boost the state’s profile as a global screen powerhouse, The Survivors will also tap into Victoria’s post-production infrastructure

A previous Tony Ayres series filmed at Docklands Studios, Clickbait, took the No. 1 spot on Netflix in more than 20 countries when it was released in 2021.

The Survivors is based on a novel by Victoria’s own Jane Harper exploring the theme of unresolved grief.

Tony Ayres says: “Jane Harper’s brilliant writing has the rare ability to speak to an audience both widely and deeply.”

Tony Ayres is showrunner, executive producer and writer; Andrea Denholm, Matt Vitins and Cherie Nowlan are executive producers, with Nowlan (La Brea, Clickbait) and Ben C Lucas (Nautilus) directing.

Tony Ayres is joined in the writing team by Belinda Chayko (Fires), Christian White (Clickbait), Peter Templeman (Wanted) and Alberto Di Troia (The Spooky Files). The series is produced by Andy Walker (Deadloch, Rosehaven).

Que Minh Luu

Que Minh Luu, Netflix Director of Content ANZ, says: “It’s a thrill to be able to shoot our next production among the rich, stunning landscapes of Tasmania for the very first time, and to be back working with the world-class creatives in Victoria.

“We’re proud to support our country’s best creators and talent and invest in stories that connect deeply with our local audiences and throughout the world.”