TIFF entry “Estonia” heads to SBS Australia joins new seasons of “Sisi”, “Pagan Peak”, among others

Munich, 28 February 2023. Australian public broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) has picked up a slew of drama series from Beta Film’s catalogue as part of a multi-year license deal, available or coming soon to the broadcaster’s leading streaming platform, SBS On Demand. One of the highlights for audiences ‘Down Under’ is Toronto International Film Festival entry Estonia (8x1h) from Beta subsidiary Fisher King. The eight-hour drama series is based on the true events of one of the deadliest civile maritime disasters in Europe.

The third season of RTL’s Sisi (18x1h) brings Dominique Devenport as the Bavarian tomboy turned Empress back to Australia. Multi-awarded crime thriller Pagan Peak (24x1h, Sky Germany), also in its third but final season, reunites former colleagues Ellie and Gedeon, now bitter enemies. SBS also relicensed the first seasons each of both dramas.

Alpine-set mystery thriller Snow (6x1h, ORF) and NRK’S young adult drama Saving the Fucking Planet (6x35’) shine light on one of the biggest issues of our time, the climate crisis, from two very different angles.

I Am Scrooge (6x1h), produced by Beta subsidiary Zeitsprung Pictures, introduces the extraordinary, incredible true story of a department store extortionist who fooled an entire nation in late 1980’s Germany and got labelled as “The Ducktales Bandit” by The New Yorker.

The Silence (12x1h) from Beta subsidiary Drugi Plan uncovers human and weapons trafficking throughout Eastern Europe in the highest ranks – a true story long kept silent. In The Hollow (5x1h, SCCA/pro.ba) by Oscar®-winning director Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land), Sarajevo’s Chief Inspector is confronted with both his haunting past and a bleak present of crime and corruption.