The Boy Castaways wraps shoot in SA

18 January, 2013 by Brendan Swift

ABC rock musical drama The Boy Castaways has finished filming in South Australia.

The drama, which was recently shooting at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Adelaide, is one of the first to be financed through the Hive Production Fund and features musical talent such as Tim Rogers from You am I, cabaret star Paul Capsis, and ARIA Award-winner, Megan Washington.


The feature will have its premiere at the 2013 Adelaide Film Festival (held October 10-20) and will then be broadcast on ABC1.

The $600,000 HIVE Production Fund (later lifted to $800,000) also supported two other screen projects in late-2011 which will premiere at the 2013 Adelaide Film Festival: Tender, a documentary from director Lynette Wallworth (visual artist) and producer Kath Shelper (Samson and Delilah), and I Want to Dance Better at Parties, from creative director Gideon Obazarnek (ex Chunky Move artistic director) and director Matthew Bate (Shut Up Little Man).

The Hive Labs bring together Australian artists across film, literature, performing and visual arts in a creative environment. Applications for the 2013 Hive Production Fund will open shortly and more information is available by emailing

The Boy Castaways
Synopsis: In an abandoned theatre, with the stage itself the puppetmaster, five disparate men have disappeared from their complicated adult lives to play at being forever young in ‘Neverland’. It is a magical, parallel universe game – a no-holds barred struggle to stay eternally young – or die trying. Led by a stellar creative team, and specifically created for some of Australia’s leading rock and stage performers including cabaret star Paul Capsis and ‘You am I’ front man Tim Rogers, this feature musical redraws J M Barrie’s Peter Pan to examine the loss of innocence and contemporary male narcissism, using songs from the collective pop/rock world to expose the danger of our own fantasies – be it rock star antics, sexual abandon, or death defying heroics. “To die – what an adventure that would be!” Peter said to Wendy.
Director: Michael Kantor (Ex Malthouse Theatre Artistic Director)
Producer: Jo Dyer (Lucky Miles and Sydney Theatre Company EP)
Producer: Stephen Armstrong (Ex Malthouse EP)
Executive Producer: Robert Connolly (Romulus My Father, The Boys)