Shortland Street

South Pacific Pictures

Maddigan's Quest

A vivid tale of magic, adventure and time-travel, from internationally-renowned children's author Margaret Mahy. At the centre is 14-year-old Garland, reader, archer and tightrope walker. The Fantasia has made this trek many times, but this time they have a secret mission - to bring back the solar converter which powers their home city, Solis. But as the Fantasia is attacked, two mysterious boys, Eden and Timon, appear with their baby sister Jewel. Garland learns they are from the future, journeying back in time to help the Fantasia. They bring magical powers and a Talisman that must be protected at all costs. But they also bring danger. Featuring lead actors from New Zealand and Britain, Maddigan's Quest is both an epic tale and a visual feast. Three-time Academy Award winner James Acheson was the Concept Designer for the series which also boasts stunning use of locations and state-of-the-art CGI. Also bringing a wealth of experience to the production are Production Designer Gary Mackay (Lord of the Rings); Costume Designer Tracey Collins (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe); Make-Up Designer Deb Watson (Lord of the Rings, Ned Kelly, Perfect Creature) and Co-Producer Zane Holmes (Emmy-nominated series Being Eve). This is epic family drama that will delight children aged eight to 80. Maddigan's Quest is a South Pacific Pictures production with Burberry Productions for CBBC/Nine Network Australia/TV3 New Zealand. Maddigan's Quest is represented internationally by All3Media.

Press Reviews


Medal Finalist: 2006 New York Festival Television Programming & Promotion Competition

Silver World Medal: 2007 New York Festival, Television Programming & Promotion Competition (Youth Programmes)

Winner: Best Dramatic presentation, 2007 Julius Vogel Awards

Simon Bennett

Charlie Haskell, Peter Burger, Geoff Cawthorn, Vanessa Alexander

Executive Producer(s):
John Barnett, Ewan Burnett, Elaine Sperber

Rachel Lang, Gavin Strawhan, Michael Bennett, James Griffin & Margaret Mahy

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