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    Netflix’s Boy Swallows Universe claims #5 spot globally and #2 in Australia

    In a notable stride for Australian television, the new Netflix drama Boy Swallows Universe, jointly produced by Brouhaha Entertainment, Chapter One Pictures, and Anonymous Content, has swiftly climbed the global charts, securing its position as the fifth most-watched show on Netflix worldwide and the second most-watched in Australia.

    Since its release just last Thursday 11 January 2024, the limited series has garnered an impressive 3.6 million views. 

    Adapted from the novel by Australian author Trent Dalton, Boy Swallows Universe, now joins the ranks of other successful Australian productions that have recently made their mark in the Netflix Top 10, such as Love Is In The Air at #2 globally and Surviving Summer Season 2 at #7.

    Other Australian hits featured in the Top 10 include Fisk, Run Rabbit Run, Wellmania, True Spirit, The Stranger, and Heartbreak High.

    See also: Wishful Thinking: Trent Dalton reveals the true elements behind Netflix’s Boy Swallows Universe

    The series, described as a “one-of-a-kind Australian period piece” by Luke Buckmaster of Guardian Australia, has made its mark on the Weekly Top 10 list in 47 countries, securing the eighth position in the UK and the 10th in the US.

    Viewers worldwide have also expressed their enthusiasm for the series, describing it as “beautiful, brilliant, and uplifting,” a “10/10 Netflix show,” and deeming it “compulsory viewing.”

    Critic Richard Ferguson of The Australian has also lent his praise to the production, stating, “it is simply gorgeous.”

    Directed by Bharat Nalluri, Jocelyn Moorhouse, and Kim Mordaunt, written by John Collee, and produced by Troy Lum and Andrew Mason, Boy Swallows Universe is a coming-of-age tale of a young boy navigating the challenges of 1980s Brisbane suburbs, confronting the harsh realities of life and looming threats to his family.

    The production is supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy, and boasts an ensemble cast, including Travis Fimmel, Simon Baker, Bryan Brown, Sophie Wilde, Phoebe Tonkin, and Anthony LaPaglia, among others.

    The cast and crew also featured in Netflix’s new YouTube featurette and blog, where they delve into the behind-the-scenes details of bringing Dalton’s cherished story to life.

    See also: Netflix celebrates global premiere of Boy Swallows Universe with a red carpet in Brisbane

    The post Netflix’s Boy Swallows Universe claims #5 spot globally and #2 in Australia appeared first on Mediaweek.

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