Stan, Screen Australia and Film Victoria have announced that production has commenced on the second season of the TV Week Logie award-winning drama series Bloom.
Filming in Victoria, the six-part Stan Original Series welcomes back its stars from the first season, including Jacki Weaver, Bryan Brown and Phoebe Tonkin.
Also joining the cast for season two is a mix of rising stars and Australian screen legends including Jacqueline McKenzie (Stan Original Series Romper Stomper), Gary Sweet (House Husbands), Bella Heathcote (Strange Angel), Toby Schmitz (Black Sails), Jackson Heywood (Home and Away), Scott Lee (Home and Away), Ed Oxenbould (Puberty Blues) and Lucy Barrett (Neighbours). Series one favourites Genevieve Morris (Stan Original Series No Activity), 2019 AACTA nominee for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama, John Stanton (The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Anne Charleston (Neighbours), Terry Norris (The Dressmaker) and Thomas Ersatz (The Wrong Girl) will also return.
In the first season of Bloom, the residents of a small, country town, Mullan, were left reeling after an inexplicable “fountain of youth” appeared in the wake of a devastating flood. A mysterious plant with luminous berries offered a second chance to return to your prime, which proved miraculous for some, while others were corrupted and fought to possess it.
In season two, time has passed, and news of the miracle has spread, but this time around the plant itself has transformed and the experience and its side effects are far more severe. With miracle-seekers arriving, a battle between science, nature and faith erupts
Stan Original Series Bloom is created by Glen Dolman and produced by Sue Seeary. The drama will be shot by Geoffrey Hall with Greg McLean (Stan Original Series Wolf Creek) and Sian Davies (Stan Original Series The Gloaming) both set to direct the the series.
The series, which recently received five AACTA award nominations, and won the 2019 Logie for Most Outstanding Miniseries, is currently filming in various locations across Victoria and will premiere exclusively on Stan in 2020.
Stan’s Chief Content Officer, Nick Forward said “We’re thrilled to be working with Playmaker and Sony for the return of this award-winning Stan Original Series. With Glen’s vision, Greg and Sian’s direction, and the return of Jacki Weaver, Bryan Brown and Phoebe Tonkin, alongside an incredible line up of new characters, Bloom season two is set to deliver audiences another captivating season in 2020.”
Playmaker’s David Maher said “It’s incredibly exciting to see the cameras now rolling on Season Two of Bloom. The characters of Mullan and their second chance at youth had viewers hooked in series one. Our story takes a gripping turn in series two with human remorse caught in a struggle between science and religion. We can’t wait to bring the next instalment to life.”
Head of Content at Screen Australia Sally Caplan said “We’re proud to support the second season of this distinctive drama which is Stan’s fifth local drama title to receive Screen Australia production funding. With such an impressive cast and experienced team including talented directors Greg McLean and Sian Davies, this season will build on the themes of series one and I’m sure will be a must-watch series.”
Film Victoria CEO, Caroline Pitcher said: “The response to Bloom from audiences here and abroad was incredible – a testament to the vision of Victorian writer Glen Dolman and its extraordinary cast and crew. We’re thrilled to see this Stan Original Series return to regional Victoria, bringing with it once again a wide range of opportunities and economic benefits to local communities.”
Stan Original Series Bloom is produced by Sony Pictures Television’s powerhouse production company Playmaker for Stan in association with Screen Australia. Financed with support from Film Victoria.
Stan Original Series Bloom (season 2) will premiere exclusively on Stan in 2020.