Australian thriller Dangerous Animals in production on the Gold Coast

Image: Dangerous Animals cast members Hassie Harrison, Jai Courtney, Josh Heaton and Ella Newton

Screen Queensland announced today that Dangerous Animals, the latest production from Brouhaha Entertainment (Boy Swallows Universe), is now filming on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

The tense thriller, directed by Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones, Devil’s Candy) and written by Nick Lepard, stars Hassie Harrison (Yellowstone), Jai Courtney (Terminator Genisys), Josh Heuston (Heartbreak High, Dune: Prophecy) and Ella Newton (Girl at the Window, Harrow).

Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Queensland Government is committed to building a thriving screen sector and showcasing the talents of Queensland’s screen practitioners to local and global audiences.

“Queensland Government investment in production attraction incentives, through Screen Queensland, is creating thousands of local jobs and generating millions for the economy through productions like Eden and Aussie Shore, as well as recent releases Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire, Apples Never Fall and Land of Bad.

“Dangerous Animals is the latest in a strong pipeline of productions secured for Queensland, with this production supporting employment opportunities for 115 local cast, crew and creatives and contributing more than $10.7 million to the state’s economy,” Ms Enoch said.

Jacqui Feeney, Screen Queensland CEO said that the agency is pleased to welcome Brouhaha Entertainment back to Queensland after the incredible international success of Boy Swallows Universe.

“With a storyline that is set on the Gold Coast as well as being made on the Gold Coast, Dangerous Animals is an exciting genre film that joins a slate of local screen stories including Gettin’ Square sequel Spit, Audrey, Black Snow and How to Make Gravy.

“Screen Queensland is proud to support opportunities for our state’s talented cast, crews and creatives to bring homegrown stories to life alongside those from Hollywood. Brouhaha Entertainment has a track record of creating engaging Australian content that can resonate across borders-especially as genre films are back in demand. We look forward to working with the team again, this time on Dangerous Animals.”

Brouhaha Entertainment’s Troy Lum said they are “beyond happy to be back in Queensland after the phenomenal experience of Boy Swallows Universe. We love working with our talented local crew in such a film friendly state.

“The Gold Coast offers everything we need to produce a world-class movie and we are grateful for the continued assistance of Screen Queensland who are tremendous partners.”

Dangerous Animals follows Zephyr (Hassie Harrison), a savvy and free-spirited surfer who is abducted by Jai Courtney’s shark-obsessed serial killer. Held captive on his boat, she must figure out how to escape before he carries out a ritualistic feeding to the sharks below. The only person who realises she is missing is new love interest Moses (Josh Hueston), who goes looking for Zephyr, only to be caught by the deranged murderer as well.

Dangerous Animals is produced by Brouhaha’s Troy Lum and Andrew Mason, Pete Shilaimon, Mickey Liddell for LD Entertainment, Chris Ferguson for Oddfellows Entertainment and Brian Kavanaugh Jones for Range Media Partners. Dangerous Animals is supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy.

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