Friday 2 December 2022

THOMAS BRODIE-SANGSTER, DAVID THEWLIS AND MAIA MITCHELL TO STAR IN DISNEY+ AUSTRALIAN ORIGINAL SERIES ‘THE ARTFUL DODGER’ | Cast Also Features Esteemed Australian Talent Including Damon Herriman, Miranda Tapsell, Tim Minchin, Susie Porter, Kym Gyngell, Damien Garvey, Jessica De Gouw, Andrea Demetriades, Luke Carroll and Huw Higginson

The Walt Disney Company has today announced the stellar cast of the Disney+ Australian original series “The Artful Dodger” as filming commences. 

“The Artful Dodger” is a premium international character drama set in 1850s Australia and is a well-known and much loved story with a twist. 
Across eight episodes the scripted series explores the adult double life of Charles Dickens’ famous prince of thieves - Dodger - now a surgeon, but who can’t shake his predilection for crime. From high-octane heists to life-and-death surgeries, glittering parties to colourful streets, this series is a rock’n’roll tale with an Aussie connection. 

Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Pistol, The Queen’s Gambit), David Thewlis (Landscapers, Fargo) and Australia’s own Maia Mitchell (Good Trouble, The Fosters) lead the stellar-cast, with Brodie-Sangster taking on the role of “Jack Dawkins” aka “The Artful Dodger,” Thewlis as “Fagin” and Mitchell as “Lady Belle Fox”. 
The cast includes an incredible line-up of Australian talent, featuring Damon Herriman (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Judy and Punch), Miranda Tapsell (Top End Wedding, The Sapphires), Tim Minchin (Upright, Californication), Susie Porter (Wentworth, Gold), Kym Gyngell (Love Me, Black Snow), Damien Garvey (Nautilus, Jack Irish), Jessica De Gouw (The Secrets She Keeps, The Drover’s Wife), Andrea Demetriades (The End, Seven Types of Ambiguity), Luke Carroll (Upright, Preppers) and English-born, Australian export Huw Higginson (Total Control, Janet King).

Joining the cast are rising talents, Lucy-Rose Leonard, Nicholas Burton, Jude Hyland, Finn Treacy and Albert Latailakepa

“The Artful Dodger” is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and produced by Beach Road Pictures and SPT’s Curio Pictures. The series is Co-Created and Executive Produced by Beach Road Pictures’ David Maher & David Taylor. Jo Porter represents Curio Pictures as Executive Producer. James McNamara (Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer), Andrew Knight (Co-Executive Producer and Writer), Jeffrey Walker (Co-Executive Producer and Director) and Ross Allsop (Producer) complete the producing team.
Jeffrey Walker (Young Rock, The Commons, Modern Family) serves as set up director and Co-Executive Producer, with Directors Corrie Chen (New Gold Mountain, Bad Behaviour) and Gracie Otto (Heartbreak High, The Clearing) and the series is written by James McNamara, Andrew Knight, Vivienne Walshe and Dan Knight, with Miranda Tapsell.

The series will be filmed in New South Wales, Australia, with financial support provided by the State Government through Screen NSW's Made In NSW fund.

About Disney+
Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, along with The Simpsons and much more. In select international markets, it also includes the new general entertainment content brand, Star. The flagship direct-to-consumer streaming service from The Walt Disney Company, Disney+ is part of the Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution segment. The service offers commercial-free streaming alongside an ever-growing collection of exclusive originals, including feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content. With unprecedented access to Disney’s long history of incredible film and television entertainment, Disney+ is also the exclusive streaming home for the newest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. And through Star, it offers the latest from 20th Century Studios, Disney Television Studios, FX, Searchlight Pictures, and more. For more, visit, or find the Disney+ app on most mobile and connected TV devices.

About Beach Road Pictures 
Beach Road Pictures is an independent Australian production company co-founded in 2021 by multi-award winning producers David Maher and David Taylor.  Its current slate includes North Shore, the 6-part crime thriller for Channel 10 and Paramount UK starring John Bradley, Joanne Froggatt and Kirsty Sturgess. The duo has produced over 200 hours of drama with local and international successes which include Bloom, The Commons, The Code, Reckoning, Love Child, The Wrong Girl, Friday On My Mind, House Husbands and Hiding whilst at the helm of Playmaker Media over 11 years.  Beach Road works with leading creative talent on artistically ambitious scripted projects for premium content platforms. 

About Sony Pictures Television 
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing, distributing and carrying programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to managing one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, SPT is home to a thriving global content business, operating a robust portfolio of wholly-owned and joint-venture production companies across the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific, as well as linear and digital channels around the world. SPT is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation.
About Curio Pictures 
Launched in February 2022, Curio is an Australian TV and film production company driven by a team of experienced, ambitious and passionate people, led by Managing Director Jo Porter and Creative Director Rachel Gardner. Curio has a focus on working with leading creatives and dynamic new voices to deliver compelling, distinct projects with something to say for premium local and international commissioning platforms. With an exciting new slate of projects in the pipeline, Curio possesses the nimbleness and daring of an indie with the global strength and backing of Sony Pictures Television, its parent company. along with a collaborative synergy of being part of SPT’s International Production companies.


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