Kamil Ellis joins Bushwhacked! by Amy Reiha , ABC TV 22 August 2013
amil Ellis, a 14-year-old Wiradjuri boy, joins ABC3’s energetic Kayne Tremills on a wild adventure around Australia for the second series of the hit action-adventure series, Bushwhacked! Produced by Mint Pictures, filming of series two kicked off this month in Western Australia and sees the new mates trek throughout the country on some seriously weird and sometimes deadly wildlife missions. Along the way, Kamil shows Kayne Indigenous rites and rituals and intriguing aspects of native wildlife as well as challenging him to some heart-pounding missions, including racing a whale shark and hugging a sawfish. Other adrenalinpumping missions will involve box jellyfish, tarantulas, emus and dugongs. For someone so young, Kamil Ellis already has an impressive CV. He has been performing traditional Aboriginal song and dance since the age of two, and he made his TV acting debut in ABC3’s awardwining series My Place. He also landed a guest star role in series three of ABC3’s Dance Academy, recently appeared in the Sydney Dance Company’s production The Secret River, and performed with the Ganang Spirit Dancers as a lead dancer and singer in traditional language. Adam Kay, Mint Pictures Head of Programming, said: “We are so excited to have Kamil as part of the second season. His energy, knowledge and passion for all things Bushwhacked! will translate into a fantastic relationship with Kayne and for sure bring some glorious images to the screen”. “The first series of
Bushwhacked! was such a hit with our ABC3 audience we knew we had to up the stakes and make series two even bigger and better! Kamil and Kayne will travel to new spectacular Australian destinations, including Uluru, Kings Canon, Ningaloo Reef and Warrumbungle National Park. Plus, they’ll encounter deadly, jaw-dropping wildlife as they take on even more extreme and thrilling missions. It will leave our viewers on the
edge of their seats,” said Thierry Bled, ABC TV Children’s Deputy Commissioning and Development Editor. The series will be distributed internationally by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and has been financed with the assistance of Screen Queensland and the Pratt Foundation. Bushwhacked! is set to screen on ABC3 in 2014.