Summary

We’re very excited to announce that our comedy series, The Wizards of Aus had its World Premiere on SBS 2 Television in Australia on Tuesday 19th of January 2016 at 8:30pm AEDT, and is now available for free worldwide via SBS On Demand and on the Timtimfed YouTube channel in UltraHD. Enjoy!

#WizardsOfAus

Synopsis

Fed up with the Magical Realm’s obsession with large-scale fantasy warfare, Jack the Wizard decides to migrate to the sanest place he can think of: Melbourne’s Western suburbs.

After accidentally causing a magical catastrophe, his existence (and that of his fellow magical immigrants) is revealed to the Australian public. Fearing a backlash against himself and his kind, Jack swears off using magic in a bid to better assimilate into human life.

But of course, fitting in was never going to be easy when people tend to get a bit ‘explode-y’ whenever you sneeze…

Press Kit

SBS Announcement (3rd Dec 2015)
Media Kit (10th Dec 2015)

Please contact us if you require any further information.

Press

Seven Edgy Stories Supported… (13th March 2015)
ON LOCATION with web series: The Wizards of Aus) (25th April 2015)
Airdate: The Wizards of Aus (9th Dec 2015)
New ‘Strayan Comedy Brings Middle Earth To Suburbia (18 Dec 2015)
Terry The Shark Says Hello To The First TWOA Trailer (18th Dec 2015)
New SBS2 Comedy Uniting Australian Racism & Magic (18th Dec 2015)
The Wizards of Aus looks hilarious (18th Dec 2015)
Wiz-kid Michael Shanks brings fantasy to life… (31st Dec 2015)
Michael Shanks Made Amazing Game Parodies… (3rd Jan 2016)
Australian wizards come to the screen for lots of laughs (5th Jan 2016)
SBS 2 brings original Australian comedy series (6th Jan 2016)
TV previews week beginning January 17 (6th Jan 2016)
Michael Shanks’ The Wizards of Aus set to air on SBS (6th Jan 2016)
…will confuse you and amaze you at the same time (6th Jan 2016)
Humorous heavyweights: SBS to the rescue (10th Jan 2016)
Tuesday’s Pick: Wizards Of Aus (12th Jan 2016)
A Footscray fantasy: The Wizards of Aus (13th Jan 2016)
TV Tonight Review (14th Jan 2016)
The Herald Sun – Switched On (13th Jan 2016)
The Green Guide Review (14th Jan 2016)
The Green Guide Article (14th Jan 2016)
Guy Pearce helps out mate on new TV show (14th Jan 2016)
1st Look: Wizards of Aus (14th Jan 2016)
King of The Flat Screen (16th Jan 2016)
Wizards of Aus features constellation of stars (17th Jan 2016)
Wizards of Aus brings medieval magic to the suburbs (17th Jan 2016)
A magical refugee’s trials (17th Jan 2016)
TV Liftout (17th Jan 2016)
The Sunday Age (17th Jan 2016)
The Herald Sun (17th Jan 2016)
Eight Days, What’s on in Sydney (17th Jan 2016)
Fringey show for practically no-one… (17th Jan 2016)
Wizards and the web (20th Jan 2016)
Geek Mountain Review (20th Jan 2016)
Watch The Complete Cult Series Now! (21st Jan 2016)
Television Review: The Wizards of Aus (21st Jan 2016)
Here’s All The New Australian Movies & TV Shows (21st Jan 2016)

Watch Now On YouTube:

Behind The Scenes Videos

Conception, Writing & Funding
Pre-Production
Art Department
Shooting & Production
Baby Bones
Post Production – VFX & Sound
Gag Reel

Case Studies & Interviews

Interview with Imagineer Systems (VFX) (29th Feb 2016)
AMA on reddit (2nd March 2016)
Interview with Adobe (11th April 2016)
NAB Show: Video Interview with Adobe (20th April 2016)
NAB Show Presentation for Adobe (27th April 2016)

Teaser & Trailer Videos

YouTube: Announcement Video (14th March 2015)
Facebook: Fishy Thursday Teaser (23rd Dec 2015)
Facebook: Baby Bones Teaser (30th Dec 2015)
Facebook: G’day Matey Potatey Teaser (6th Jan 2016)
Facebook: Swings Teaser (12th Jan 2016)
YouTube: Behind The Scenes Teaser (17th Jan 2016)
YouTube: Senator Geoff Quinn Clip (29th Jan 2016)

Podcasts

Chris Hocking on ScreenPro (4th May 2015)
Michael Shanks on Subculture Media (12th Jan 2016)
Michael Shanks on Coming Up Next (15th Jan 2016)
Michael Shanks on JOY 94.9 (15th Jan 2016)
Michael Shanks on Radio Adelaide (16th Jan 2016)
Michael Shanks on Shut Up A Second (20th Jan 2016)
Teaves by Regan Lloyd & Liam S. Smith (1st Feb 2016)
Is Being a Werewolf a Hassle? (22nd Feb 2016)
Michael Shanks on The Drawing Room (24th Feb 2016)

Blogs

Directing The Wizards of Aus (19th Dec 2015)
Producing The Wizards of Aus (11th Jan 2016)
Writing The Wizards of Aus (16th Jan 2016)
Shooting The Wizards of Aus (18th Jan 2016)
Makeup on The Wizards of Aus (21st Jan 2016)
Acting in The Wizards of Aus (22nd Jan 2016)

Principal Investor:

screenaustralia

Merchandising

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Screenings & Awards

Bilbao Web Fest (October 2016)
Nominated for Best Webseries
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated for Best Sound
Nominated for Best Original Score
Nominated for Best FX
Nominated for Best Comedy/Dramedy

WebFest Berlin (September 2016)
Winner of Best Comedy

Raindance Film Festival (September 2016)

Roma Web Fest (September 2016)
Audience Choice Voting Now Open!

Melbourne WebFest (July 2016)
Winner of Best Sound Design
Winner of Best Visual/Special Effects
Winner of Best Supporting Actor

Webfest Montréal (June 2016)
Nominated for Best Horror/Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Nominated for Best Comedy
Nominated for Best International Production

St Kilda Film Festival (May 2016)

Reviews

“The Wizards Of Aus could easily become the next big cult hit” (TV Week)

“One of the most beautiful romantic conclusions ever captured on film” (Geek Mountain)

“Stunning visual effects and celebrity cameos combine to tell a distinctly Aussie tale that’s part fantasy, part comical take on modern life” (Sunday Herald Sun)

“This might be the strangest thing you see this year. But it’s so worth a look” (Herald Sun & Daily Telegraph)

“Show of the week” (The Green Guide)

“Pick of the Week” (Sunday Age)

Cast

Jack: Michael Shanks
Kylie: Menik Gooneratne
Skulldrich: Mark Bonanno
Senator Quinn: Mark Mitchell
Regimand: Bruce Spence
Morgan Wright: Guy Pearce
Terry the Shark: Voiced by Samuel Johnson

Crew

Created & Screenplay by:
Michael Shanks & Nicholas Issell

Directed By: Michael Shanks
Series Producer: Chris Hocking
Producers: Nicholas Colla & Sumah Hurley
Director Of Photography:
Benjamin Hidalgo De La Barrera

Art Director & Production Designer: Rennie Watson
Costume Designer: Paige Prendergast
Makeup Designer: Marie Kealy
Colourist: CJ Dobson
Sound Design: Craig Jansson

Full Credits on IMDb