/News 27.07.17


Brand new children’s series The Bureau of Magical Things, the latest Aussie series by Queensland-based producer Jonathan M. Shiff, has begun filming on the Gold Coast. 

The Queensland cast of the 20-part series is led by Brisbane actress Kimie Tsukakoshi (The Family Law). She is joined by siblings Elizabeth Cullen and Julian Cullen, who grew up in Cairns before moving to the Gold Coast, along with Gold Coast actors Mia Milnes, Rainbow Wedell and Jamie Carter.

The Bureau of Magical Things follows the adventures of Kyra, a regular teenage girl who discovers a secret world of magic all around her and who must unite fairies, elves and humans to save them all.

Jonathan Shiff’s previous productions, Mako: Island of Secrets and H20: Just Add Water franchises, have sold to more than 170 countries, with the first series of Mako Mermaids reaching an estimated 150 million worldwide viewers.

Shiff seems to have the golden touch in picking future stars. His productions could be said to have helped launch the careers of Liam Hemsworth and Margot Robbie (The Elephant Princess), while H20 stars Phoebe Tonkin and Claire Holt moved on to US series The Vampire Diaries and its sequel The Originals; their co-star Luke Mitchell to Blindspot and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Bureau of Magical Things is supported with investment from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland. It is presold to Network Ten Australia and ZDF Germany and distributed worldwide by ZDF Enterprises. The series is supported by the Gold Coast City Council Film Attraction Program and was developed with support from Film Victoria.

© Julian Cullen, Elizabeth Cullen, Kimie Tsukakoshi, Jamie Carter, Rainbow Wedell and Mia Milnes