Watch: Barons (trailer)
Well, this will be interesting.
Coming up on the ABC sometime this year is the eight part series, Barons. Widely believed to be based on the trials and tribulations of the developing Quiksilver, Billabong and Rip Curl empires in the 70's, the series was filmed in Australia, the USA and Indonesia in 2021.
Barons was created by Michael Lawrence (Bra Boys, Fighting Fear) and John Molloy (The Gloaming, Molly), and features water cinematography from Taylor Steele. Heading up the cast is Bussleton-born Sean Keenan, who played the main character in Lockie Leonard back in 2007, an award-winning kid's TV series adapted from books written by Tim Winton.
Here's how the ABC's pitching it:
"Set in the 1970’s, a surf-crazed group of hippy friends turn their backs on the world in search of their ideal patch of surfing paradise. Little do they know that their desire for ultimate freedom and the perfect wave, will take them from the beach to the boardroom, creating billion-dollar empires. But in selling their surfing dream to the world, these best friends will become fierce rivals and the question for this found family is – once you sell paradise can you ever get it back again?"
I'll be more interested to see how well they sourced their vintage quivers.
Broadcast dates are yet to be finalised.