Mystic

Based on the Pony Club Secrets books by best-selling author, Stacy Gregg, Mystic is a character-driven thriller for a family audience. Whilst enjoying the fundamental themes of friendship, growing up and self-discovery, the drama also tackles head-on the key issue for young people today: what are we doing to our planet and is it too late to save it?  New Zealand’s beautiful landscape will play a major part in bringing all these themes into sharp relief.

Macey Chipping (playing Issie Brown) with Blaze in Mystic. Photographer: Matt Klitscher / © Libertine Pictures Limited and Slim Film + Television Limited 2020
Macey Chipping (playing Issie Brown) with Blaze in Mystic. Photographer: Matt Klitscher / © Libertine Pictures Limited and Slim Film + Television Limited 2020

The drama follows a group of horse-mad teenagers who are regulars at their local stables on the fictional peninsula of Kauri Point, New Zealand. New girl, Issie, is struggling to make friends having recently moved out to the quiet, backwater town from London but an unexpected interest in horses, a surprising bond with unbroken pony, Blaze, and an enigmatic stallion, Mystic, keep her interest long enough to stop her from running away yet again.

 

Meanwhile, worrying incidents surrounding a new industrial development prove the catalyst to a series of events that means Issie and her fellow riders – Dan, Caleb, Caroline, Stella and Natasha – have to risk everything, and challenge all they know in Kauri Point, in order to save their horses, their community and all they love about where they live.  With its great cast of characters across all ages, the show will be thrilling, warm, funny, and not afraid to explore the complex relationship between teenage ideals and the adult world of how to make a living.

Antonia Robinson (playing Natasha), Max Crean (playing Dan), Kirk Torrance (playing Tom), Harriet Walton (playing Stella), Joshua Tan (playing Caleb) and Jacqueline Joe (playing Caroline) in Mystic. Photographer: Matt Klitscher
Antonia Robinson (playing Natasha), Max Crean (playing Dan), Kirk Torrance (playing Tom), Harriet Walton (playing Stella), Joshua Tan (playing Caleb) and Jacqueline Joe (playing Caroline) in Mystic. Photographer: Matt Klitscher / © Libertine Pictures Limited and Slim Film + Television Limited 2020

Mystic, a 13 x 30’ drama, is a co-commission by the UK’s children’s channel, CBBC, Seven Network in Australia and TVNZ with investment from NZ On Air, and starts shooting in New Zealand in January 2020.

CAST

Issie Brown: Macey Chipping
Amanda Brown: Laura Patch
Mitch: Cathy Downes
Natasha Tucker: Antonia Robinson
Dan Townley: Max Crean
Stella Tarrant: Harriet Walton
Caleb Burford: Joshua Tan
Caroline Burford: Jacqueline Joe
Tom Avery: Kirk Torrence
Sam Tucker: Phil Brown
Kenny Burford: Jonny Brugh

 

CREW

Written by: Amy Shindler, Beth Chalmers, Sam Shore, Stacy Gregg, Kate McDermott, Scott Payne, Steph Matuku and Yero Timi-Biu
Based on the novel ‘Pony Club Secrets’ by Stacy Gregg
Producer: Trevor Haysom
Co-Producers: Emily Anderton and Hannah Prior
Directors: Peter Salmon, Aidee Walker and Michael Hurst
1st ADs: Jimmy Scott and Craig Wilson
Location Manager: Damion Nathan
Production Co-ordinator: Kinta Jennings
Art Directors: Robert Key and Dion Boothby
Casting Directors: Gilly Poole, Suzanne Crowley and Tina Cleary
Costume Designer: Tracey Sharman
Make-up & Hair Designer: Vanessa Hurley
Script Editor: Jennifer Burnet
Editors: Jochen Fitzherbert, Gary Hunt and Margot Francis
Production Designers: Alistair Kay and Brendan Heffernan
Horse Master: Greg Smith
Directors of Photography: Dave Cameron and Drew Sturge
Line Producer: Tara Landry
Executive Producer for CBBC: Amy Buscombe
Executive Producer for Libertine: Richard Fletcher
Executive Producers: Simon Crawford-Collins, Amy Shindler and Beth Chalmers