Madam to Set Up Shop in July

Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ has announced a new comedy/drama series starring Rachel Griffiths and an all-star Kiwi cast will premiere next month on Three and ThreeNow.

Madam stars Griffiths (Six Feet Under, Muriel’s Wedding) as McKenzie ‘Mack’ Leigh who, when faced with a philandering husband and a mountain of debt, opens an ethical brothel in small-town NZ to provide for her family.

The 10-part series is based on the soon-to-be published memoir of American Antonia Murphy, who was inspired by NZ’s decriminalisation of sex work to set up an escort agency built on a philosophy of protecting women’s legal rights, emotional well-being, and financial independence.

Rima Te Wiata (Hunt for the Wilderpeople), Martin Henderson (Virgin River), Danielle Cormack (Wentworth) and Robbie Magasiva (Bad Behaviour) co-star.

Madam is produced by Tavake and XYZ Films for Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ anFifth Season, who will also distribute the show internationally.

It was made in association with Te Puna Kairangi Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund and NZ On Air and the New Zealand Screen Production Rebate. 

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