Kiwi director takes on martial arts TV epic

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Publish Date
Tuesday, 11 October 2016, 12:41PM
Director and playwright Toa Fraser is taking on Into The Badlands. Photo / Supplied
Director and playwright Toa Fraser is taking on Into The Badlands. Photo / Supplied

Kiwi director Toa Fraser has just wrapped a four-week shoot in Ireland where he's been directing the second season of Into The Badlands. 

Fraser won high acclaim with his gory Maori action film The Dead Lands, so was a fitting choice to join the show from AMC - the network behind hit shows The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Preacher.

Into the Badlands has been described by Rolling Stone as a mash-up of "American Westerns, Samurai epics, Chinese folk tales, Hong Kong action flicks, and not-so-distant-future post-apocalyptic tales".

The gory action series follows assassin Sunny (Daniel Wu) as he journeys across dangerous lands with a young boy, and stars former Shortland Street actor, Kiwi Marton Csokas as the show's baddie, Baron Quinn. 

The extent of Fraser's involvement is unclear, but season one of the show was headed by David Dobkin and David Ferland who both directed three episodes each.

Fraser also made a post to Instagram about working with cinematographer Owen McPolin - who he also worked with whilst directing an episode of Penny Dreadful - who has been tipped to be working on episodes one and two of the series. 

Fraser has been documenting his time on the show on social media, sharing snaps from behind the scenes and discussing his experiences working with his crew-mates.

He also took to Twitter to commend cast members Madeleine Mantock (Sunny's wife Veil) and Oliver Stark (Quinn's son Ryder) on their work, saying: "I've had a great time working with the very talented @madeleinemgm and @oliverstarkk. They both sweated blood."

Twitter was also where he shared the news of wrapping the shoot, and where he was later congratulated by Dead Lands actor Xavier Horan on his achievement.