Filming of Mystic Underway, A Thrilling New Equestrian Drama

Macey Chipping (playing Issie Brown) with Blaze in Mystic Photographer: Matt Klitscher © Libertine Pictures Limited and Slim Film + Television Limited 2020

Filming of Mystic Underway, A Thrilling New Equestrian Drama

Equestrian News :: Everything Horse

Filming is currently underway in Auckland for a new family drama, Mystic, which will be brought to our screens by Libertine Pictures (NZ) and Slim Film + Television (UK), delivered by CBBC (UK), Seven (Australia) and TVNZ (NZ).

Production today announced that British actors Macey Chipping (Holby City, Vampire Academy) and Laura Patch (After Life, Bad Mother) join an outstanding New Zealand cast that includes Phil Brown (The Brokenwood Mysteries, American Playboy), Jacqueline Joe (Top of the Lake), Kirk Torrance (The Dead Lands, Outrageous Fortune), Cathy Downes (Winter of Our Dreams, Shortland Street) and Jonny Brugh (What We Do In The Shadows, 800 Words) in the 13 x 30” family drama based on best-selling author Stacy Gregg’s the Pony Club Secrets. Also joining the cast are teen New Zealand newcomers Antonia Robinson, Max Crean, Josh Tan and Harriet Walton.

Mystic cast 2020
Antonia Robinson (playing Natasha), Max Crean (playing Dan), Kirk Torrance (playing Tom), Harriet Walton (playing Stella), Joshua Tan (playing Caleb) and Jacqueline Joe (playing Caroline) in Mystic. Photographer: Matt Klitscher © Libertine Pictures Limited and Slim Film + Television Limited 2020

Mystic is set in the fictional peninsula of Kauri Point, New Zealand where new girl Issie Brown (Macey Chipping), having recently moved to the quiet, backwater town from London with her mother Amanda (Laura Patch) is struggling to fit in. Desperately missing her pals back home, a chance encounter with a beautiful wild pony Blaze, and an enigmatic stallion, Mystic, awakens an unexpected and surprising interest in horses and introduces Issie to a group of horse-mad teenagers.

When an industrial development threatens to destroy their community, their way of life and the landscape they love, the teenagers must find a way to save Kauri Point from environmental disaster.

Richard Fletcher, MD Libertine Pictures commented:

Mystic taps into themes that are so relevant to young people. It’s not just a simple story about teens who love horses; it looks at the intricate and complex relationships with their families, with each other and with the place in which they live. The intriguing, action-packed scripts are full of humour, adventure, jeopardy and joy whilst interweaving the human impact on the environmental world with the supernatural forces that are unleashed by it.

It is very exciting to bring these iconic books to the screen.”

With its great cast of characters across all ages, the show explores the fundamental themes of friendship, growing up and self-discovery and tackles head-on the key issue for young people today: what are we doing to our planet and is it too late to save it? New Zealand’s beautiful landscape will play a major part in bringing all these themes into sharp relief.


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