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Kingfingers Films and Blinder Films reveals new six part drama series The Gone for RTÉ
14 Sep 2022 : News Desk
Actors Richard Flood and Acushla-Tara Kupe.
Made in association with Southern Light Films (NZ) for RTÉ and TVNZ, the six-part New Zealand/Ireland co-production begins principal photography on location in Auckland and Te Aroha in New Zealand this week.

Further shooting is due to take place in Dublin, Ireland in late 2022 for the gripping new mystery series from Kingfisher Films and Blinder Films.

Irish actor Richard Flood and New Zealand’s Acushla-Tara Kupe will lead the cast with Red Arrow Studios International handling global distribution. Flood (Grey’s Anatomy, Shameless, Crossing Lines) stars as Theo Richter, an Irish detective who teams with Kiwi cop Diana Huia (Mr Corman, Under the Vines, Te Pāmu Kūmara), to find a young Irish couple who have vanished from an infamous rural North Island New Zealand town. Amidst the search and a race against time, the pair have to contend with a community’s growing disquiet that the disappearances may be linked to a series of historical murders.

Flood most recently appeared in several seasons of ABC’s long running hit Grey’s Anatomy, and two seasons of Showtime’s Shameless.  His earlier credits include the international production of the series Crossing LinesKilling Kennedy, and the Irish series, Red Rock.

Michelle Fairley, Carolyn Bracken, Liam Carney, and Aaron Monaghan join the cast along with Aotearoa New Zealand’s Wayne Hapi, Manu Bennett, Vanessa Rare, and Scott Wills.

The Gone is made with support from Te Puna Kairangi, the New Zealand Government’s Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund and New Zealand’s Screen Production Grant, Screen Ireland/Fís Éireann, RTÉ, TVNZ, NZ On Air, and the BAI Sound & Vision Fund.

The series’ writers are Michael Bennett (Ngāti Whakaue: In Dark Places) and Anna McPartlin (Striking OutHolby City) with direction from Peter Meteherangi Tikao Burger (Ngāi Tahu, Rangitāne: One Lane Bridge), and Hannah Quinn (Vikings Valhalla, Blood, The Stranger).

Executive producers are Karl Zohrab for Kingfisher Films, Yvonne Donohoe (Striking Out, Extra Ordinary), and Katie Holly (Mr Malcolm’s List, Love & Friendship) for Blinder Films, with producer Timothy White for Southern Light Films, producer Reikura Kahi (Waikato, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Kuki Airini), and executive producer Greg Bailey. The series was created by Simone Nathan (Our Flag Means DeathKid Sister) and Karl Zohrab and developed by Anna McPartlin, Michael Bennett, and Yvonne Donohoe.

Executive producer Karl Zohrab says: “What an adventure it's been so far, working across Aotearoa New Zealand and Ireland with our colleagues at Blinder Films on the development of this gripping mystery. We can’t wait to see these scripts brought to life by series directors Peter and Hannah, along with our terrific cast and crew.”

Executive Producer Yvonne Donohoe added: "The process of bringing The Gone to screen has been a true international cultural collaboration & a journey of learning, challenging, sharing stories & ideas; merging brilliant writing, directing, acting & creative talent from Ireland & New Zealand, two countries full of beauty, complexity & with many similarities. We’re so thankful for the immense support from all our partners & we can’t wait for audiences to spend time with our characters, fall into the mysterious web of our story &  be immersed in the two contrasting worlds of the series."

Producer Reikura Kahi says: "The Gone series transports us to a picturesque small town with characters and storylines that reflect how culturally unique Aotearoa is. Te reo Māori is weaved organically through the series, reflective of a nation which is on a journey towards embracing the Māori language.” 

Dermot Horan, Director of Acquisitions & Co-Productions at RTÉ: “RTE is really excited to be working once again with Blinder, together with Kingfisher and Southern Light, on The Gone. It promises to be a cracking drama and one which will hopefully have viewers glued to their seats both in Ireland and New Zealand. We are particularly happy to be working with our fellow national broadcaster, TVNZ and with Red Arrow, who will be distributing this high-end drama to international broadcasters and platforms.”

“We’re delighted to be continuing our commitment to co-productions to bring the very best premium content to TVNZ.  The Gone is a thrilling concept that is sure to resonate with our viewers across TVNZ 1 and TVNZ+,” says Cate Slater, TVNZ Director of Content.

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