Michael Shanks’ The Wizards of Aus set to air on SBS

05 January, 2016 by Staff Writer

Actor/writer/director Michael Shanks' new series The Wizards of Aus


Michael Shanks' new comedy series guest starring Guy Pearce and Samuel Johnson is set to air on SBS over three nights on January 19.

The Wizards of Aus, produced by LateNite Films, is a three-part Australian commissioned comedy series which puts an innovative twist on the fantasy genre.

The series follows Jack the Wizard (Shanks) as he becomes fed up with the Magical Realm’s obsession with large-scale fantasy warfare and decides to migrate to the sanest place he can think of – Melbourne’s Western suburbs.

After accidentally causing a magical catastrophe, Jack’s existence (and that of his fellow magical immigrants) is revealed to the Australian public.

Samuel Johnson guest stars as Terry the Shark.

Fearing a backlash against himself and his kind, Jack swears off using magic in a bid to better assimilate into human life. 

But fitting in is never going to be easy when people tend to get a bit ‘explode-y’ whenever you sneeze.

With a range of visual effects and guest appearances from Australian heavyweights including Guy Pearce, Bruce Spence, Mark Mitchell and Samuel Johnson (as the voice of Terry the Shark), The Wizards of Aus is also a metaphor for Australia’s current socio-political landscape.

Guy Pearce guest stars in The Wizards of Aus

The entire series will be available via SBS On Demand immediately following its premiere.

The Wizards of Aus will air over three nights from January 19 at 8.30pm on SBS 2.