Wanted is an Australian drama series that follows two strangers who get caught up in a deadly carjacking and end up on the run, chased across the country by police. The two very different women are forced to rely completely and exclusively on each other to survive. Produced by Matchbox Pictures and R&R Productions, Wanted is distributed by Universal Media Studios International and was originally released on Seven Network. Created by Rebecca Gibney and Richard Bell, Wanted is a superbly written and well-acted chase drama with plenty of plot twists and surprises.
Wanted first premiered on the Australian Seven Network on February 9, 2016, with six episodes in the first season. It has captured attention with its gritty, realistic feel of two people just trying to survive today and deal with the curve balls that fate throws their way. As the story has developed across three seasons, Lola and Chelsea have grown into a relationship which is a sort of hybrid of Thelma and Louise and the Fugitive, and have each evolved in their own ways too. All three seasons of Wanted are available to stream on Netflix.
Season 3 takes viewers to several locations in South Australia including Flinders Ranges and Adelaide Hills whereas the first two seasons were filmed in Sydney, parts of Queensland, Thailand and New Zealand. It has also brought itself an International Emmy nomination. Gibney was all praise for the hospitality the crew was subjected to in Australia. She said, “South Australia has offered up such incredible locations. Jocelyn Moorhouse, who is such a cinematic director, has done some epic episodes. They’re so visual it’s a bit Morricone and Tarantino, in a way. It’s like a gunfight at the OK Corral! SAFC made it easy to shoot there, offering all sorts of incentives and the people are awesome. The studios are first class.”
Wanted Cast: Who’s in it?
The superb cast of Wanted keeps up engaged and manages to keep the audience guessing. This funny, edgy, and exciting series directed by Peter Templeman, Jennifer Leacey and Rob Sarkies stars Rebecca Gibney as Lola Buckley (an outright supermarket teller) and Geraldine Hakewill as Chelsea Babbage (an accountant under suspicion for embezzlement) in the lead roles. Other actors in prominent roles includes Stephen Peacocke as Detective Josh Levine, Kate Box as Detective Maxine Middleton, Ryan Corr as Chris Murphett, Nicholas Bell as Ray Stanton, MirkoGrillini as Terry Boke, Todd Levi as Ebert, Nicholas Hamilton, Veronica Neave, Anthony Phelan, Charles Cottier, Dean O’Gorman, Robyn Malcolm, among others.
Wanted Plot: What is it about?
Lola and Chelsea, as per their usual routines, are waiting at a small bus stop late one night when they witness a car crash. When two masked men come in, shoot the driver, a struggle ensues in which a gun goes off, killing one of the masked men. They are both taken hostage by the other assailant but manage to escape only to become embroiled in a much larger problem. They must flee across Australia, chased by genuine law enforcement officials which sees them as criminals, actual criminals who are out to get the money back, and a bunch of corrupt cops.
Rebecca Gibney plays Lola, an attractive older woman who has a shady past but who has managed to hold on to her big heart in spite of the blows time has dealt her. Geraldine Hakewille manages to pull off the younger but more neurotic of the duo in equally good taste. Wanted is a very familiar sort of show, based on a much-used premise in the media, but the story which starts out seeming so familiar and predictable moves fast into a twisted tale to keep you engaged. The Thelma and Louise feel of the chase mixes with other tropes like classic bad-guy chases and hitmen galore, not to mention the script development where bad guys gradually and progressively appear, to sustain the flow.