The Government and Victorian State Government have partnered to secure Paramount Television and Anonymous Content’s 10-part television adaptation of Gregory David Roberts’ best-selling novel Shantaram.

15 August 2019

The Federal Government will provide $7.4 million for the production of Shantaram through the Location Incentive program, with the Victorian Government also supporting the production through Film Victoria's Production Incentive Attraction Fund.

Based on Gregory David Roberts' acclaimed semi-autobiographical novel, the 10-part series will depict his adventures spanning Melbourne to Mumbai following his escape from a maximum-security prison.

The series will be filmed at Melbourne's Docklands Studios, with location shoots in the historic Pentridge Prison in Coburg and other locations. Filming will begin in October 2019.

The Government's Location Incentive complements the Location Offset and effectively provides a 30% rebate for eligible large budget international productions.

The Australian Government has previously announced $80 million through the Incentive for 6 productions, which will generate nearly $600 million in investment in Australia's economy.

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Book cover of Shantaram, a novel by Gregory David Roberts. 'A masterpiece', the Age.

Image: courtesy of Pan MacMillan Australia.