An action-packed new live action sci-fi Netflix Original series, The Last Bus produced by Bristol-based Wildseed Studios and featuring Robert Sheehan (Umbrella Academy, Misfits), Tom Basden (After Life, Plebs) and an ensemble cast of young actors, will be released on the leading subscription streaming service next month.
Packed with comedy, heart, adventure and mystery, The Last Bus is a new 10-episide eco-fable for the whole family.
Produced by Bristol-based Wildseed Studios, the new show follows a group of mismatched students on a school trip who become unlikely heroes when a robot apocalypse zaps away the rest of humanity.
The series was filmed at Bottle Yard Studios and at locations across the South West including Redcliffe Caves and The Downs in Bristol, Cheddar Gorge, Brean Leisure Park and Wookey Hole in Somerset and the Eden Project in Cornwall.
The ensemble young cast in THE LAST BUS features now rapidly-rising stars Lauryn Ajufo (Boiling Point) and Moosa Mostafa (Nativity Rocks, Tim Burton’s Wednesday), complete newcomers Marlie Morrelle and Bristol-based Phoebe De Silva, who were discovered from a school search of thousands of young people for their first acting role, together with more experienced talent including Carys John (School of Rock, Love Me, Parch), Nathanael Saleh (Mary Poppins Returns, The Letter for the King), Daniel Frogson (His Dark Materials), Lara McDonnell (Belfast, Artemis Fowl) and Curtis Kantsa (Blue Story).
The Last Bus has been created and written by Paul Neafcy, who was spotted by Wildseed making mobile phone films on YouTube from his bedroom. This is the third series Wildseed has worked on with Paul, following the success of Philip Human and PrankMe for a US-based SVoD service
Wildseed’s Creative Director and Co-Founder Jesse Cleverly says: “Although at the top level The Last Bus is a shamelessly entertaining sci-fi romp that will entertain the whole family, at another level it is a powerful eco-fable about how the younger generation must be empowered to make very different choices from the generation that preceded it when it comes to the two big challenges of the age – environmental breakdown and hugely sophisticated artificial intelligence.”
Wildseed’s Managing Director, Miles Bullough added: “When we established Wildseed, our vision was to become the leading destination for promising talent looking to get their break into scripted prime time and The Last Bus truly validates what we set out to do. We’re hugely excited to be launching a Netflix Original series with such a wealth of new and upcoming talent discovered and developed by our team.”
The Last Bus series was commissioned by Dominique Bazay, Alexi Wheeler and Will Cartright-Harwood at Netflix in Europe. Wildseed executives Jesse Cleverly and Sarah Mattingley were show runners for the series.
Multi-award winning Wildseed Studios has pioneered a unique approach to nurturing exciting new talent by identifying promising creatives, working intensively with them in development, piloting their ideas and pitching the resulting work into premium platforms including Netflix, Disney+, Sky Kids, BBC3, CBBC and many more.