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Stan & Screen Queensland announce the premiere of the Stan Original film THE SECOND

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Stan has announced that THE SECONDa Screen Queensland and Stan Original Feature Film will premiere in cinemas nationwide on July 5 and on Stan from July 20, where it will stream exclusively alongside the theatrical release.

A Stan Original feature film and Screen Queensland production, THE SECOND will have the first release of its kind in Australia: immediately following its theatrical premiere, the mystery thriller will be simultaneously available in cinemas and exclusively on Stan.

Starring Rachael Blake (Lantana, Sleeping Beauty), Susie Porter (The Monkey’s MaskBetter Than SexTwo Hands), Vince Colosimo (ChopperStingers, The Secret Life Of UsUnderbelly), Martin Sacks (A Place To Call HomeThe CupLove in Limbo) and Susan Prior (The RoverPuberty Blues, Muriel’s Wedding), THE SECOND follows the author of a celebrated erotic memoir, whose newfound success is threatened when her best friend and muse reveals the truth behind the memoir's provenance, igniting an incendiary tale of sex, lies and betrayal.

Shot last year on location in Jimbour, north west of Brisbane, THE SECOND, from first time feature film director Mairi Cameron, is written and produced by Stephen Lance with Leanne Tonkes as producer. Mind Blowing World is handling the theatrical distribution.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk congratulated the Queensland creative team behind the mystery thriller, director Mairi Cameron, writer and producer Stephen Lance, and producer Leanne Tonkes.

“This is a Queensland film through and through and its spectacular drama and storytelling will take Queensland to international audiences. It was shot at Jimbour Station on the Darling Downs; it features music written by a Queensland composer Ryan Walsh and performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; it was written and produced by a Brisbane writer, directed by a Brisbane director, funded through Screen Queensland’s landmark Queensland Originals: Fully Funded Features with Stan initiative, and had its Australian premiere at the Gold Coast Film Festival in April,” she said.
Stan’s Chief Content Officer, Nick Forward said “With a standout cast, a terrific script from Stephen Lance and Mairi Cameron doing such a fantastic job in her feature film directorial debut, we’re hugely proud of The Second. We’re excited to be delivering yet another Australian first with this release strategy, and are grateful to Screen Queensland for their support in bringing The Second to the screen.”

THE SECOND has been selected in the upcoming 2018 Sydney Film Festival, after recently opening this year’s Gold Coast Film Festival, and is the first project developed and produced under Screen Queensland Originals program in partnership with Stan.

THE SECOND joins a growing state of Stan Originals’ award-winning, fresh and diverse dramas and comedies including Romper Stomper; AACTA Award-winning and Logia Award-nominated drama series Wolf Creek; AACTA Award-winning and Logie Award-nominated series No Activity; the US version No Activity, in association with Funny Or Die, Jungle and Gary Sanchez Productions; One Night Stan and The Other Guy.

A successful author riding high on the international acclaim of her first book, a sexually explicit autobiography, has everything - money, critical acclaim, and a new boyfriend who has fallen deeply in love with her and her wild literary persona. Everything is perfect, except the author is struggling to produce a second novel. She has writer’s block.

Attempting to meet her deadline, the author and her publisher boyfriend take a long summer weekend at her family’s country estate. When a beautiful friend from the past arrives out of the blue, a secret history becomes a dangerous problem. Throughout the course of the weekend, the women move from tenderness to war and back again, as rivalry, teenage nostalgia and a dark secret from their past all rise to the surface.


THE SECOND will have a limited release in cinemas nationwide from July 5 & stream exclusively on Stan from July 20.


About Stan: Stan is Australia’s leading local subscription video-on-demand provider. Stan offers unlimited access to thousands of hours of entertainment, with an outstanding line-up of exclusive premieres such as Better Call Saul, Sherlock, brand new Will & Grace, Power, Girlfriend Experience, RuPaul’s Drag Race and UnREAL. New SHOWTIME series also premiere exclusively on Stan, including the recent third season of Billions, currently streaming; critically acclaimed and award-nominated SMILF, last year’s TV event, David Lynch’s Twin Peaks and forthcoming Escape at Dannemora.

Stan Originals include the AACTA Award-winning and Logie Award-nominated series No Activity, with its US adaptation produced by Will Ferrell’s production company Funny Or Die, which has been renewed for a second season; the critically acclaimed AACTA Award-winning and Logie Award-nominated drama series Wolf Creek and most recently Romper Stomper.

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About Screen Queensland: Screen Queensland is a government-owned company that invests in people and projects to grow a creative, innovative and successful screen industry with a focus on stories and global audiences, secures production to Queensland, and delivers an active screen culture access from the state.

About Mind Blowing World: Mind Blowing World is an independent film distributor bringing quality local content to Australian and New Zealand audiences. Mind Blowing World champions independent cinema: and supports courageous and bold filmmaking. They are passionate about cinema, and the business of film.