ABC’s 10-part drama series Les Norton began filming last week in Sydney.
Les Norton stars Rebel Wilson (Isn’t It Romantic, Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids), David Wenham (Romper Stomper, Top of the Lake) and up and coming Australian actor Alexander Bertrand (Australian Gangster, Hyde & Seek) in the eponymous lead role.
Set in 1985, the series follows the exploits of Les Norton, a country bloke from outback Queensland. On the run from a troubled past, he blows into Sydney where he lands a job as a bouncer at a notorious illegal casino in Kings Cross. A classic fish out of water who’s desperate to get home, he soon finds himself seduced by the city’s illicit charms and dragged into a web of underground criminality.
The series, based on the best-selling novels by Robert G. Barrett, is a Roadshow Rough Diamond production for ABC Television. Sonar Entertainment is handling international distribution.
Joining Rebel, David and Alexander will be Hunter Page-Lochard (Cleverman), Steve Le Marquand (Wentworth), Syd Zygier (Romper Stomper), Pallavi Sharda (Pulse), Justin Rosniak (Animal Kingdom) and Kate Box (Rake).
Les Norton is being directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker, Proof), Fadia Abboud (Australian Gangster), David Caesar (Dead Lucky, Underbelly) and Morgan O’Neill (Drift, Solo). It has been created for television by Morgan O’Neill, working alongside writers Christopher Lee (Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo), Samantha Winston (Wentworth), Shanti Gudgeon (Wolf Creek), Malcolm Knox (Romper Stomper), and Jessica Tuckwell.
Producers are Daniel Edwards and John Edwards from production company Roadshow Rough Diamond, who produced 2017 drama series Romper Stomper and the upcoming series Australian Gangster. Executive Producers are ABC Head of Drama, Comedy & Indigenous Sally Riley, the ABC’s Andrew Gregory; Deeper Water Films’ John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz, and John Singleton and Jack Singleton.
Les Norton is a Roadshow Rough Diamond production for the ABC. Major production investment from Screen Australia and the ABC, in association with Create NSW. International sales by Sonar Entertainment Distribution.