Prime Video Begins Production on the Australian Amazon Original Drama Series "The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart"
Sigourney Weaver, Asher Keddie, Leah Purcell, and Alycia Debnam-Carey star in the series adaption of Australian Holly Ringland's international best-selling book
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is produced by Made Up Stories, Amazon Studios and Endeavor Content, and will launch exclusively on Prime Video in Australia and in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide
SYDNEY - October 29, 2021 - Prime Video, Made Up Stories, and Endeavor Content announced today the start of production on the Australian Amazon Original drama series, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart. Filming in New South Wales and the Northern Territory, the series stars Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Sigourney Weaver, who will also be executive producing, Australian actors Asher Keddie, Leah Purcell, and Alycia Debnam-Carey and is based on the international best-selling book by Australian author Holly Ringland.
The new seven-part drama series will be filmed from October 2021 - 2022 and will launch on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. Adapted for the screen by Australian writer Sarah Lambert, who serves as the series showrunner, all seven episodes will be directed by Glendyn Ivin and produced by hit-making team Jodi Matterson, Bruna Papandrea, and Steve Hutensky from Made Up Stories, Amazon Studios, and Endeavor Content.
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart tells the compelling story of a young girl, Alice Hart, whose violent childhood casts a dark shadow over her adult life. After a family tragedy in which she loses both her abusive father and beloved mother in a mysterious fire, 9-year-old Alice is taken to live with her grandmother June on a flower farm, where she learns that there are secrets within secrets about her and her family's past.
Set against Australia's breathtaking, natural landscape, and with native wildflowers and plants providing a way to express the inexpressible, this enthralling family drama spans decades, as Alice grows from a child into a woman. Her journey is epic and visceral, building to an emotional climax as Alice finds herself fighting for her life against a man she loves. Cast members include Sigourney Weaver (June Hart), Asher Keddie (Sally Morgan), Leah Purcell (Twig), Alycia Debnam-Carey (Alice Hart), Frankie Adams (Candy Blue), Alexander England (John Morgan), Charlie Vickers (Clem Hart), Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Agnes Hart), and Alyla Browne (young Alice Hart).
Holly Ringland's highly acclaimed Australian novel The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart was published in 2018, and has since become an international best seller. Publication rights have sold in 31 territories. In May 2019, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart was named The Australian Book Industry Award's General Fiction Book of the Year.
"Prime Video is proud to be bringing this powerful, visceral and uniquely Australian story to life for our Prime members around the world," said Erika North, head of originals, Asia Pacific, at Amazon Studios. "The series is our second scripted drama locally produced and we are thrilled to work with Made Up Stories, Endeavor Content, Sarah, and Glendyn to bring these layered characters, breathtaking Australian setting, and masterfully constructed story that Holly Ringland created to Prime Video. We are thrilled that the wonderful Sigourney Weaver, Asher Keddie, Leah Purcell, and Alycia Debnam-Carey have signed on to this project to bring the complex and powerful story to life."
Executive producers Jodi Matterson, Bruna Papandrea and Steve Hutensky from Made Up Stories added: "We are thrilled to bring Holly's distinctive novel to life with Prime Video and Endeavor Content. It is a joy to collaborate with Glendyn and Sarah and to tell this courageous tale of female resilience, perfectly embodied by the legendary Sigourney Weaver.
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart comes from Amazon Studios and is produced by Made Up Stories and Endeavor Content. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is executive produced by Jodi Matterson, Bruna Papandrea, and Steve Hutensky of Made Up Stories, Sigourney Weaver, Sarah Lambert, and Glendyn Ivin. Kirsty Fisher and Kim Wilson are on-board as writers alongside Sarah Lambert. The series will be produced by Barbara Gibbs and co-executive produced by Made Up Stories' Lucinda Reynolds.
Since 2019, Prime Video has commissioned 14 Amazon Original series in Australia including The Test: A New Era for Australia's Team, Making Their Mark, a series of 10 stand-up comedy specials by some of Australia's best comedians, LOL: Last One Laughing AU with Rebel Wilson, Back to the Rafters, Luxe Listings Sydney S1, The Moth Effect, Head Above Water, the upcoming Kick Like Tayla, Warriors On The Field, Class of '07, Deadloch, and the award-winning feature-length documentary, Burning.
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart will join thousands of TV shows and movies in the Prime Video catalogue, including hits like Golden Globe-winner Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, P!nk: All I Know So Far, Val, The Boys, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, Coming 2 America, Without Remorse, The Tomorrow War, Nine Perfect Strangers, Upload, plus Emmy Award-winners Fleabag, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and licensed content.
Prime members will be able to watch all episodes of Lost Flowers of Alice Hart anywhere and anytime on the Prime Video app for smart TVs, mobile devices, Fire TV, Fire TV stick, Fire tablets, Apple TV and stream online. In the Prime Video app, Prime members can download episodes on their mobile devices and tablets and watch anywhere offline at no additional cost. Prime Video is available in Australia at no extra cost to a Prime membership for just AU$6.99/month, new customers can find out more at www.primevideo.com and subscribe to a free 30-day trial.
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About Made Up Stories
Made Up Stories is a development and production company that amplifies distinctive voices to tell unforgettable stories about the diversity of human experience, driven primarily by multifaceted females on and off-screen. Made Up Stories was founded in 2017, and is led by Bruna Papandrea, the award-winning producer of the critically acclaimed HBO series BIG LITTLE LIES (eight Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards). Most recently, Made Up Stories produced the film adaptation of the inspiring international bestseller, PENGUIN BLOOM, directed by Glendyn Ivin and starring Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln and Jacki Weaver, that was released on Netflix earlier this year, and THE DRY, based on the Jane Harper novel, from director Robert Connolly and starring Eric Bana, which will be released by IFC in May. They are currently in post-production on the film adaptation of LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE, based on the novel by Jessica Knoll, starring Mila Kunis, and directed by Mike Barker for Netflix.
On the television side, Made Up Stories executive produced THE UNDOING, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, directed by Susanne Bier and created by David E. Kelley, which was HBO's most watched series of 2020, as well as the recent hit Amazon Prime Video series TELL ME YOUR SECRETS created by Harriet Warner and starring Lily Rabe. Their highly anticipated NINE PERFECT STRANGERS, based on best-selling author Liane Moriarty's book, written by David E. Kelley and John Henry Butterworth, and starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy, premiered in August on Hulu in the U.S. to record numbers and on Amazon Prime Video in the rest of the world. Additional projects in various stages of production include: the Netflix thriller PIECES OF HER, adapted from Karin Slaughter's book, created by Charlotte Stoudt and directed by Minkie Spiro, starring Toni Collette and Bella Heathcote; ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL, based on the international bestseller by Sarah Vaughan, created by David E. Kelley and Melissa James Gibson that S.J. Clarkson is directing, starring Sienna Miller and Michelle Dockery, for Netflix; the Spectrum Original series LONG SLOW EXHALE created by Pam Veasey, directed by Anton Cropper, and starring Rose Rollins; the anthology series ROAR for Apple TV+, based on Cecelia Ahern's short story collection, created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, and starring Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Wever, and Alison Brie; the genre-bending romantic comedy series WOLF LIKE ME for Peacock & Stan, written and created by Abe Forsythe, and starring Josh Gad and Isla Fisher; and the Amazon Prime Video series THE LOST FLOWERS OF ALICE HART, adapted by Sarah Lambert from Holly Ringland's debut novel, and starring Sigourney Weaver.
About Endeavor Content
Endeavor Content is a global leader in the production and distribution of premium film and television content. The studio's film titles include Book Club for Paramount Pictures, Blue Miracle for Netflix, Just Mercy for Warner Bros and Joe Bell with Roadside Attractions, as well as upcoming titles including The Lost Daughter for Netflix, Ambulance for Universal Pictures and My Best Friend's Exorcism for Amazon. The studio produces premium TV series such as See and Truth Be Told on Apple TV+ and Nine Perfect Strangers and the upcoming Life & Beth for Hulu, Severance for Apple TV+ and Tokyo Vice for HBO Max. Endeavor Content also handles global distribution for hit series including Killing Eve, Normal People and The Night Manager. The studio brokered the deal with Netflix for multiple event series from the Roald Dahl Estate.