Written by Shona Smith on Aug 14, 2020. Posted in Production News

Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios to welcome first Netflix title for autumn shoot

The Last Bus is a live-action Netflix original about mismatched school kids who band together to face a fearsome new machine intelligence in an action-packed sci-fi road trip adventure. Pre-production for an autumn shoot begins this summer.

The ten-part series will be produced in Bristol and the South West. It marks the first time that a Netflix Original series has been based at the Bottleyard Studios. Recent productions to have used the facilities include The Salisbury Poisonings (BBC One), The Spanish Princess (Starz), Invisible (ITV) and The Pale Horse (BBC One).

The Last Bus is produced by Wildseed Studios who specialise in harnessing new talent to make premium shows for older kids, family and young adult audiences. Paul Neafcy, writer and creator of The Last Bus (pictured left) was talent spotted by Wildseed making mobile-phone films on YouTube from his bedroom and went on to develop two series - Philip Human and PrankMe - for SVoD service Fullscreen before The Last Bus was commissioned by Netflix.

“Although at the top level The Last Bus is a shamelessly entertaining sci-fi romp, at another level it is a powerful eco-fable about how the younger generation must be empowered to make very different choices from the generation which preceded it when it comes to the two big challenges of the age - environmental breakdown and hugely sophisticated artificial intelligence" says Miles Bullough, managing director and Jesse Cleverley, creative director and co-founders of Wildseed Studios (pictured below).

The cast will combine established talent with some children who have never acted and were cast from a trawl of thousands of young children. Experienced directors Lawrence Gough and Steve Hughes will be joined by emerging talent Drew Casson and Nour Wazzi who have both worked with Wildseed on Hungerford and The Moderators respectively.

"We are proud and delighted that Netflix has championed the production of this ambitious, entertaining and important show and we look forward to working with the excellent team we have assembled in order to execute this to the highest possible standard” add Bullough and Cleverley.

Film & High-end Drama incentives are available for filming in the UK. For scripted television to qualify, projects must have a minimum core expenditure of GBP1 million per broadcast hour, and spend at least 10% of core expenditure in the UK.

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