Details about filming Banished in Australia last year have been shared on The Location Guide. Read it in full on the website. This behind the scenes photo was shared by Joseph on Instagram. 

“Banished is fictional and doesn’t depict actual events,” explains Simon Hailey, a co-producer on the shoot with RSJ Films. “However, historically, the First Fleet settled in Sydney Cove, which is now Circular Quay, so Sydney always seemed to be the natural spiritual home for the location shoot. Plus our co-production partners, See-Saw Films, are based in Sydney and the local crew is fantastically talented and professional.”

While the majority of exterior scenes were shot on a specially built set at Manly Dam, location filming also took place in various national parks in Sydney and in the nearby Blue Mountains. “Visually, they needed untouched, virginal beaches and bushland landscapes to convey a real sense of the harsh, hot, unfamiliar reality of the Australian environment for the members of the First Fleet,” says Matt Carroll, Director of Production Attraction and Incentives, Screen NSW. Once the location was finalised, the various production departments spent up to ten weeks preparing for a shoot of a little over two months.