SBS Reveals Release Date For ‘Alone Australia’

Alone Australia cast
Courtesy of SBS

“Alone Australia” will premiere at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29 on SBS and SBS On Demand.

The 11-part series is the first local iteration of the hugely successful international franchise.

SBS has previously revealed the cast for the Australian series.

The 10 Australian survivalists will be dropped in the remote wilderness of western Tasmania/ lutruwita. They will be stripped of modern possessions, contact and comforts, and tasked with self-documenting their experience.

They will compete against the forces of nature, hunger and loneliness, with the last one standing winning $250,000.

“‘Alone Australia’ is not your average survival series,” SBS said. “There are no scripts, no camera crews, no engineered challenges, no voting, no gimmicks, and no help from the production team… With zero information about the other participants, and no knowledge of how many still remain, participants will push themselves for as long as they can.

“Only when they reach their absolute personal or physical limits will they ‘tap out’, one by one, until only one survivalist remains. It is the ultimate test of human will.”

Joseph Maxwell, SBS’ head of unscripted, said “Alone Australia” fits with SBS’ mission of connecting audiences to the stories and experiences of diverse Australians.

“For those not already indoctrinated, “Alone” is a worldwide sensation. The U.S. and Scandinavian series have been an extraordinary hit with Australian audiences on SBS, becoming the most successful factual franchise in the history of SBS On Demand with more than 10 million hours consumed,” he said.

“Now, we’re bringing the first ever local version to Australia, exclusive to SBS. “Alone Australia” is a raw, authentic and truly unique. At its core, it’s about people – what is is that challenges us, drives us and motivates us as human beings. The relentless effects of nature, hunger and solitude in a very real examination of who we are as people.”

ITV Studios Australia is producing the show for SBS.

Ben Ulm, head of factual, and Riima Daher, executive producer, said the show is the real deal.

“This documentary series is the real deal. There are no production tricks, just 10 individuals making 10 self-shot documentaries. Every attempt, every win, every mistake, near-miss, loss and lesson learnt. Every thought, new idea, creation and interaction. Every nostalgic reflection, every wobble and every victorious celebration is right there in camera, captured by each lone, brave storyteller for us to witness,” they said.