Barrumbi Kids to inject $2.8 million into Territory economy


The Territory is becoming a big player in Australia’s screen and film industry, with the announcement of another large production Barrumbi Kids to be filmed in Beswick and the production expecting to inject $2.8 million into the economy.

The new 10 part children’s television series has received $715,000 from the Territory Government through the 2020-21 Screen Territory COVID-19 grant program.

Production of the series will see significant involvement from the Beswick community and is expected to benefit the local economy through employment of cast and crew, and the use of goods and services including accommodation, transport, catering / hospitality and set building.

The series, produced by Danielle MacLean of Darwin based production company Tamarind Tree Pictures, Monica O’Brien of Ambience Entertainment and independent producer Julia Morris is based on the popular book series by Territory author Leonie Norrington and will premiere on NITV in 2022.

Barrumbi Kids tells the story of Tomias and Dahlia, two best friends growing up in a remote Northern Territory community. Through fishing, hunting and going to school, the children learn about themselves, each other and both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures.

Screen Australia, National Indigenous Television (NITV) and Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) are also providing investment into the series.

This new series is the second major children’s television production being filmed in the Territory with another 10 part TV series, MaveriX having just completed filming in Alice Springs last Friday.

The Northern Territory Government invested $9 million into the Northern Territory screen industry over four years (2016-2020), and this investment has seen significant growth in our screen sector and development of local productions.

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