SBS’s most ambitious drama yet, New Gold Mountain, starts production

Upcoming SBS commissioned drama series, New Gold Mountain Source: SBS

SBS’s most ambitious drama yet, New Gold Mountain, starts production

Yoson An and Alyssa Sutherland lead a diverse ensemble cast in SBS’s four-part murder mystery

An internationally renowned cast leads SBS’s new four-part original drama series, New Gold Mountain, which is currently in production in Victoria.

Mulan and Dead Lucky’s Yoson An stars alongside Vikings’ Alyssa Sutherland, Christopher James Baker from True Detective, acclaimed actor Dan Spielman (The Code), and local breakout talent Mabel Li (The Tailings).

Produced by Goalpost Television for SBS and Directed by Corrie Chen (Homecoming Queens, Wentworth), New Gold Mountain tells the untold story of the Australian gold rush from the perspective of Chinese miners who risked everything for a chance at unlikely fortune in a new land. Inspired by real life, the series follows a group of compelling characters brought together by a mysterious murder and takes an unprecedented look into the wild west era of the Australian gold rush.

Key scenes for the series are being filmed at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat with filming also taking place around Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Yoson An said: “I’m incredibly excited to be diving into the intricately diverse world of New Gold Mountain created by Peter Cox. I feel extremely honoured to be working with SBS and Goalpost Television to be playing such a prominent part in this new series. The role of Leung Wei Shing (the headman of the Chinese digging camp) is probably one of the most layered and complex characters I’ve had the opportunity to explore, and I’m very much looking forward to collaborating with our Director, Corrie Chen, in bringing him to life.”

Alyssa Sutherland said: “I’m thrilled to bring Belle to life in what I know will be a gripping and thought-provoking Australian series on SBS, produced by Goalpost Television. Belle is determined to buck tradition in a time that was typically oppressive to women, and is tenacious in her search for the truth. I’m extraordinarily grateful for this opportunity to dig in to a gutsy female character and work with our wonderful Director, Corrie Chen.”

Corrie Chen said: “’The search for belonging’ is one of the oldest stories we tell ourselves, but one that never ceases to feel particularly urgent and captivating. Bold, ruthless, entertaining and darkly humorous, New Gold Mountain is the seminal immigration story that will redefine our perception of frontier Australia. As an immigrant and non-European settler, I am particularly excited to be directing a show that will finally let me put Chinese-Australian cowboys on screen and revising the canon of the classic Western.”

SBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald, said: New Gold Mountain is our first foray into period drama, and one of our most ambitious projects yet. This daring and intense series is distinctly SBS, showcasing the complex relationships and tensions between the migrant gold miners of the 1850s within the legacy of the Victorian Goldfields.

“SBS continues to push boundaries with our local slate of dramas, and we’re proud to tell stories otherwise untold and give a voice to diverse communities otherwise unheard. We are thrilled to be creating this bold drama with the team at Goalpost Television and an incredibly talented cast with a wealth of experience.”

Kylie du Fresne, Goalpost Television, said: “When SBS expressed an interest in doing their first period show about the Goldrush, at Goalpost Television we were beyond thrilled; it’s a period of Australian history that was screaming to be told. Who wouldn’t want to do a revisionist western set in the 1850s? The world Peter Cox has created is extraordinary and under Corrie Chen’s skilful and visionary direction, I think this is going to be a series that really stands out in the world.”

Sally Caplan, Head of Content at Screen Australia, said: “We’re so pleased to see this premium drama go into production in Victoria. In the very capable hands of Director Corrie Chen, New Gold Mountain is set to be a gripping series that showcases a unique piece of Australia’s history and I’m confident it will captivate viewers on SBS next year.”

Film Victoria CEO, Caroline Pitcher, said: “Understanding our history from all perspectives is important in connecting with our past and each other, and we’re excited that SBS and Goalpost Television have put this story in the hands of talented Victorian Director, Corrie Chen. There is also nothing like recreating a story in the place in which it happened and I can’t wait to see Victoria’s gold-boom towns and sweeping regional landscapes shine on screen.”

Head of Screen NSW, Grainne Brunsdon, said: “Screen NSW is committed to supporting NSW talent and amplifying diverse stories that strengthen and reflect our communities. I am thrilled SBS and Goalpost Television will be working with a high calibre of talent from NSW and across the country to bring this important Chinese-Australian story to life for the first time.”

Maartje Horchner, EVP Content, all3media International, said: “We are so pleased to be working with Goalpost Television on New Gold Mountain. The show reflects a fascinating time in Australia’s diverse history, illuminating stories of Chinese immigration and the gold rush period with contemporary and timely resonance. The narrative thrust is an intriguing murder mystery, which ensures mainstream appeal. As a result, we are confident the show will be attractive to international audiences.”

Also appearing in the series is Leonie Whyman (Redfern Now), Sam Wang (Runaway Millionaires), Rhys Muldoon (Informer 3838), Alison Bell (The Letdown), Chris Mah (Underbelly Files: Chopper) and Travis Cotton (Romper Stomper).

New Gold Mountain is created and written by Peter Cox (The Insider’s Guide to Happiness) and produced by Kylie du Fresne (The Invisible Man) and Elisa Argenzio (Lambs of God). Writers include Yolanda Ramke (Director of The Haunting of Bly Manor), Benjamin Law (The Family Law), Greg Waters (Riot), and Pip Karmel (Total Control). Creatives Jean Tong, Olivia Cheung and Samantha Kwang are being supported by Film Victoria to undertake industry placements on the production. The series is executive produced by Amanda Duthie (SBS).

New Gold Mountain is a Goalpost Television production for SBS. Major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with SBS. Financed with support from Film Victoria and Screen NSW. all3media International is the global partner on the show. Goalpost Television has a first look deal with all3media International.

New Gold Mountain will premiere on SBS and SBS On Demand in 2021.

For a PDF version of the media release, click here.