The Wiggles Take Centre Stage In The Groundbreaking Australian Amazon Original Documentary Hot Potato: The Story of The Wiggles

Prime Video today announced at the Prime Video Showcase: An Evening with our Australian Producers event, that the Australian Amazon Original feature documentary Hot Potato: The Story of The Wiggles will launch exclusively on Prime Video in 2023. Produced by Amazon Studios, Augusto, Frog Productions, SAM Content, with funded by Screen Australia, Hot Potato: The Story of The Wiggles takes viewers inside the world of The Wiggles, a band that has enchanted generations of children. The feature-length documentary will be available exclusively on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories worldwide.

Hot Potato: The Story of The Wiggles charts the coming together of four friends passionate about music. Inspired by the colours of yellow, blue, red, and purple, and engaging young children across the world in song and action was a novel approach to children’s entertainment in the early 1990s. Calling themselves The Wiggles after the way young children move, four young men—Anthony, Murray, Greg, and Jeff—and a dinosaur called Dorothy seemed an unlikely basis for a global sensation. But together, driven by their passion for entertaining and educating children, and after facing doubters, disbelievers, and then unprecedented fame and reinventions, they went on to become the world’s biggest children’s band, adored by generations worldwide. Now synonymous with their iconic colours, The Wiggles’ mission of spreading joy endures and their songs are classics, having captured the truth of childhood—a place of wonder, novelty, and delight. Hot Potato: The Story of The Wiggles is an ode to childhood and homage to the power of friendship and dreams. Both a celebration and exploration of more than thirty years of The Wiggles phenomenon and their re-emergence into the cultural zeitgeist in 2022, the story of The Wiggles has never before been shared in a feature length documentary and the extraordinary behind the scenes personal footage has never previously been seen.

“The Wiggles are arguably the world’s most well-known and trusted children’s band, and we know our customers have either grown up watching them or spent years playing their songs for their children and grandchildren,” said Tyler Bern, head of content, Prime Video Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. “With incredible archival footage, and in the capable hands of our filmmakers, this documentary will give audiences a glimpse behind the curtain of The Wiggles phenomenon that they have never seen before, exploring their meteoric rise. We are sure our customers will enjoy this trip down memory lane.”

Director Sally Aitken said: “It is a thrill to partner with Prime Video and bring this wonderful story to life. Naturally, there’s a huge sense of responsibility to do justice to the story of Australia’s most iconic and successful band, and I have been stunned and deeply moved by many aspects of their story. I can’t wait to share this vision, knowing audiences of all ages will delight in this documentary, whether they know The Wiggles or not.”

Blue Wiggle Anthony Field said, “When we first formed The Wiggles more than three decades ago, our aim was to educate and inspire children through music, and that continues today. Looking through the archives has brought back so many incredible and emotional memories, from our first shows for 30 children, to touring America and the world, playing to arenas. It’s been such an incredible and evolving journey and we can’t wait to share our story with everyone.”Hot Potato: The Story of The Wiggles is produced by SAM Content, Augusto, and Frog Productions. The producers are Aline Jacques, Daniel Story, Cass Avery, Sally Aitken, Fraser Grut, Kate Chiodo and Luke Field. The director is Sally Aitken, with Fraser Grut co-directing. The film received major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW


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