Itch is a ten-part television series that was shot in Albany in 2018-19 and screened on ABC-TV in 2020. A second series is now in production, shooting in Albany and surrounds and in the Peel region.
Itch is an action adventure about teenager Itchingham Lofte. In Series 1, Itch discovers a new chemical element with unusual powers. His discovery attracts the interest of a sinister organisation and adventures follow.
In Series 2, Itch and his friends are shocked to find dead fish washing up on the shores of Seaburgh after a boat explosion. They suspect foul play involving evil corporation Greencorp, but as the authorities ignore their concerns it is left to Itch and his friends to uncover the truth for themselves.
Itch is based on teen novels written by British broadcaster and author Simon Mayo. Originally set in Cornwall, the story transferred well to the Great Southern location, according to the author and the film-makers. Their views were featured in global publication Location International.
The cast includes WA Academy of Performing Arts graduate Samuel Ireland in the lead role. Newcomers among the cast include many from Western Australia.
ABC ME commissioned the production from Komixx Entertainment, and ABC Commercial holds worldwide distribution rights. Series 1 was taken up by channels worldwide including CBBC in the United Kingdom and BYU in the United States.
Itch was supported by Screen Australia, Screenwest, Lotterywest and the WA Regional Film Fund.
Photo, from left: Samuel Ireland (Itch), Kylah Day (Lucy), Melanie Wozniak (Jack), Harry Popple (Darcy), Charles Russell (Tim), Henry Mendez (Quinn), Keala Kern (Chloe), Lauren Campbell (Bella). Photo by David Dare Parker.
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