The Courier-Mail

Wild time in TV and movie biz

- AMY PRICE

FILMING for Amazon series The Wilds starring Rachel Griffiths is set to shift to Queensland.

The second season of the young adult drama series, which previously filmed in New Zealand, will be shot primarily on the Gold Coast from April with local beaches doubling for the deserted island setting.

The Wilds, starring Griffiths (pictured), Mia Healey and Shannon Berry, recently p premiered on Amazon Prime Video and follows a group of girls on a deserted island, unaware they are part of a sinister social experiment.

The production was secured as part of the Queensland Government’s Production Attraction Strategy and is expected to inject $28m into the state and create around 150 jobs for local crew. It’s the latest in a long list of production­s that have moved to Queensland, including Netflix’s Escape From Spiderhead, Ron Howard’s Thirteen Lives and the next season of Australian Survivor, as a result of the state’s COVID-safe film destinatio­n status.

UNTIL she recently tied the knot, Samantha Armytage concedes she felt like she was married to her job — and it wasn’t always of her own choice.

“Bosses don’t ask as much of you if you’re a wife or mother. I’ve never shied away from hard work, but there was an expectatio­n that Sam would do it because she’s got nothing else going on,” she tells Stellar mag in tomorrow’s Sunday

Mail. “(Sometimes I’d think) ‘Well, actually,

I’d get something else going on if you didn’t make me do this’.” In a widerangin­g interview to launch her

Stellar podcast

Something to Talk

About, Armytage opens up about being married and how the TV industry can’t be a forever job.

“TV isn’t a place that’s necessaril­y very healthy. It’s full of sociopaths and narcissist­s

– it can be dangerous.”

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Samantha Armytage says profession­al life can be tougher on singles than married women or mothers. Picture: Steven Chee
TOMORROW IN THE SUNDAY MAIL Samantha Armytage says profession­al life can be tougher on singles than married women or mothers. Picture: Steven Chee

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