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Local drama Surviving Summer hits No. 4 on Netflix’s trending shows

Australian-made series Surviving Summer featuring TikTok star Sky Katz hits No. 4 on Netflix’s trending shows

It looks like Netflix has a new locally made hit on its hands – this time from the creators of ABC favourite Dance Academy.

Teen surfing drama Surviving Summer, which debuted on the streaming giant on June 3, is already the fourth most-watched show on the platform in Australia.

Filmed last year in and around Anglesea, Victoria, the 10-part series features  American TikTok star Sky Katz, 17, as a fierce teen named Summer Torres.

Netflix star: Teen surfing drama Surviving Summer, which debuted on Netflix on June 3, is already the fourth most-watched show on the streaming platform in Australia. The show stars TikTok personality Sky Katz, 17, (pictured) as a fierce teen named Summer Torres

Summer, a rebellious Brooklyn schoolgirl, is sent Down Under to live with family friends in a coastal village where surfing is a way of life.

Katz told The Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday that Summer is an outgoing yet misunderstood character.

‘She knows that she’s misunderstood, and as a response to being hurt, she doesn’t want to open up to anyone,’ she said.

'She doesn¿t want to open up to anyone': Katz told The Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday that Summer is an outgoing, extroverted and misunderstood character

‘She doesn’t want to open up to anyone’: Katz told The Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday that Summer is an outgoing, extroverted and misunderstood character

Surviving Summer’s executive producer Joanna Werner raved about Katz in her interview with the newspaper. 

She appeared on America’s Got Talent as a rapper when she was 11, then got a job on Disney’s series Raven’s Home. She’s a professional music artist with millions of TikTok followers. She’s an empire,’ Werner said.

Surviving Summer also stars Kai Lewins, Savannah La Rain, Joao Gabriel Marinho and Lilliana Bowrey.  

Format: Surviving Summer was created by Werner and Home and Away writer Josh Mapleston

Format: Surviving Summer was created by Werner and Home and Away writer Josh Mapleston

It was created by Werner and Home and Away writer Josh Mapleston. 

Filming began in February last year in Anglesea, 112km from Melbourne, and lasted 10 weeks.

Production involved a full-time surf unit led by filmmaker Rick Rifici, whose principal job was to capture all the on-water action.

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