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South Australia’s Closer Productions cooks up more Aftertaste for ABC

28 February 2022
Erik Thomson and Natalie Abbott in Aftertaste, image courtesy ABC
Erik Thomson and Natalie Abbott in Aftertaste, image courtesy ABC

Filming is now underway in Adelaide on the second season of ABC’s food-filled comedy Aftertaste, from Adelaide Studios based production company Closer Productions

Embraced by audiences and critics alike, the series features the much-loved Erik Thomson as celebrity chef Easton West, and rising star Natalie Abbott as his niece and pastry chef extraordinaire Diana. 

They’ll once again be joined by an exceptional ensemble cast including Rachel Griffiths (Total Control, Finding The Archibald), Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Irreverent), Susan Prior (Glitch, Frayed), Remy Hii (Harrow, Spider-Man: Far From Home), Kavitha Anandasivam (The Tourist, The Hunting) and Justin Amankwah (Fat Pizza vs Housos), while Lynette Curran (Cleverman, A Few Less Men), Julian Maroun (The Secrets She Keeps) and Syd Brisbane (Stateless) join the cast for season two. 

Erik Thomson said: “I’m so thrilled to be heading back to the beautiful Adelaide Hills for another season of Aftertaste. It’s a privilege to work with Closer Productions and the ABC, as we deconstruct our relationship with food and fame, through the antics of the dysfunctional West family.”

Erik Thomson and Natalie Abbott in a selfie taken on set for Aftertaste S2, image credit Erik Thomson.

Aftertaste season one premiered to critical acclaim in 2021, after filming across Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills in mid-2020, making history as the first major production to shoot in South Australia after the global shutdown caused by COVID-19.

Season two picks up with Easton West (Erik Thomson) living his life out of the public eye and concentrating on being a better man, until his new-found peace is shattered by the return of his niece Diana (Natalie Abbott) to Adelaide, flaunting her successful career and love life in London. But both must put their troubles aside when a secret from the past throws the West family into more chaos than ever.

Written by Julie De Fina and South Australians Matthew Bate and Matt Vesely, produced by South Australian producers Rebecca Summerton, Matthew Bate and Erik Thomson for Closer Productions (The Hunting, F*! #cking Adelaide, Animals), executive produced by Julie De Fina and Rachel Griffiths and directed by Reneé Webster (How To Please A Woman), Aftertaste will film across Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills region and will premiere later this year on ABC TV and ABC iview.

Aftertaste is a Closer production for the ABC, in association with the South Australian Film Corporation and financed with support from the ABC.  ABC Executive Producer is Rebecca Anderson.  International distribution by ABC Commercial.

Aftertaste S1 trailer
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