Australian web thriller boasts culturally fluid cast


Award-winning “Jade of Death” tantilizes

A dark, steamy and thrilling series, Jade of Death is an award-winning supernatural thriller series presented by Screen Australia and Last Frame Productions. It’s been featured around the globe as an official selection for numerous screenings including the International Academy of Web Television, Vancouver Webfest, Soul Webfest, Rome Web Awards, Melbourne Web Series Festival, Denver’s SeriesFest and many more.

The multicultural, multinational, multiracial cast sets the tone for its eerie carnival backdrop, where the majority of the series takes place.


The pensive Jade, played by celebrated up-and-coming talent Bernadette Van Tiel, has an ability more powerful than even she realizes: She can hear when and how people are going to die. After leaving her hometown to run from her past, she lands work at a seedy freak show carnival as the “Fortune-Teller of Death.” Suddenly, scary people are after her, but not before she falls for love interest Maya, who aims to stand by her.



Creator, writer and director Erin Good relayed, “My aim with Jade of Death was to create a high-end online series with television quality narrative and plot, a rich and epic story world, and main characters that I adore. It just so happens that I’m sick of seeing mainly men and straight characters on screen, so I created the characters that I’m missing.”

Good continued, offering that key style references include productions like True Blood, The Place Beyond the Pines and American Horror Story.

“Thematically, Jade of Death uses genre to explore the issues young women face – specifically the violence that men perpetrate against them.

However, in a similar vein to True Blood, while the series is tonally dark, there are also elements of humour and levity that come from some of the characters and performances. Music that contrasts the scenes with these characters plays a big part in making it humorous.


The series follows Jade as she fights the man hunting her, struggles to keep those she cares about safe and unlocks the potential of her powers. All the while trying not to screw up her new relationship with Maya and her old friendship with George.

Jade of Death has been awarded Best Drama Series, Best Directing and Best Ensemble Cast at the International Academy of Web Television, Best Directing at LA Webfest and Best Drama Series at Out Webfest.

To see more, visit ScreenAustralia or the Jade of Death site.

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