ABC comedy Rosehaven will welcome viewers back to the little town in Tasmania for season five. The new season of the multi-award-winning series, written by and starring Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola will begin production in early 2021.
Having defeated the first agent that tried to encroach on McCallum Real Estate’s territory, Daniel (McGregor) and Emma (Pacquola) are content for things to go back to normal. But Barbara (Kris McQuade) isn’t, and she forces them to take on more responsibility for the business. Meanwhile, Daniel is regretting breaking up with the love of his life, and Emma finally gets what she’s always wanted – a Rosehaven-based nemesis. All in all, it’s business as usual.
The eight-part series continues to share Tasmania’s natural beauty, characters, and stories with the world. It also showcases the technical skill of those in Tasmania’s screen industry.
A Tasmanian crew will be behind Rosehaven’s fifth season with 37 local full-time crew, 16 local casuals, 25 local actors, and more than 50 extras. Six departments are completely staffed by locals, and ten departments have a Tasmanian at the head. Also, at least 17 ‘Rosehaven graduates’ will be in the crew – meaning, staff who had their first professional engagement or started as a trainee or attachment on the show will be promoted to a full-time role.
In a boost to a tourism sector battered by COVID-19, Rosehaven cast and crew will use at least 1,200 accommodation room nights in Hobart and surrounds during season five’s production.
Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor said: “This is really exciting for us, and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet. In 2015 we knew we wanted to make a TV show, but we had no idea what to write about, and we were extremely worried no one would want to watch whatever we came up with. Now we’re getting to make a fifth season, we will allow our very self-deprecating comedian brains to feel a tiny amount of pride that we’ve made a good thing. But having written that, we already feel arrogant, so we take it back and apologise for getting a big head there for a second. Thank you to everyone who helped us get here, and a huge thank you to Tasmania for being such an awesome state to film in.”