“Boy Swallows Universe,” a uniquely Brisbane production for a new Netflix series, will be filming at the Boggo Road Gaol and other Brisbane landmarks in the coming months.
“Boy Swallows Universe” is an adaptation of the 2018 international bestseller of the same title, which was written by Bracken Ridge local Trent Dalton. The semi-autobiographical story centers on Eli Bell, 13, and has themes like “drug addiction, ex-cons, poverty, violence and the discovery of hope through the power of love,” per Variety.
It begins with Bell receiving a mysterious phone call in a secret underground room, ordering him to save his mother at the Boggo Road Prison on Christmas Day.
Mr Dalton said that his book is a “very deep and personal love letter” to Brisbane.
“This adaptation to the screen couldn’t happen anywhere else, and I am proud to be part of this exciting adventure on my home turf.”
“Brisbane-based author Trent Dalton captivated the world with his brutal yet magical tale set in 1980s Brisbane among iconic local landmarks such as Boggo Road Gaol and Brisbane City Hall’s clock tower,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“This uniquely Brisbane production will also boost our local screen industry by injecting around $33 million into the Queensland economy and creating approximately 185 jobs for cast and crew, and an estimated 2500 extras.”
Brouhaha Entertainment, Chapter One, Anonymous Content and Netflix will produce the limited eight-part series. John Collee has adapted the book for the screen and will be executive produced by Troy Lum, Andrew Mason, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, and Joel Edgerton.
“Brisbane has earned its reputation as a one-stop-shop for production, including film-friendly locations, experienced local crew, renowned post-production facilities and a fantastic studio facility in Screen Queensland Studios,” Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said.
“Boy Swallows Universe” was previously adapted for the stage and was presented by Queensland Theatre, Brisbane Festival and Queensland Performing Arts Centre.