Fast Facts

80% NZ Cast, 52 cast members were New Zealanders.

95% NZ Crew, 438 crew were New Zealnders. 

28 NZ HODs

Starring New Zealand-raised actress Stefania LaVie Owen as Becky (aka Bear). 

100% shot in New Zealand.

Shot on location in Auckland, Waikato and Otago.

72 sets built for Season 1.

135 total shoot days.

Three episodes directed by New Zealanders: 

Toa Fraser (Dead Lands) 2 eps and Robyn Grace (Guns Akimbo) 1 ep.

New Zealand Producer: 

Mel Turner.

          

 

Stunt Coordinator:

New Zealander Min Windle.

Costume Designer: 

New Zealander Amanda Neale.

Director of Photography: 

New Zealanders Aaron Morton (1 ep), Dave Garbett (4 eps), John Cavill (3 eps).

Hair & Make up Designer:

New Zealanders Dannelle Satherley (1 ep), Stef Knight (7 eps).

Production Designers:

New Zealanders Russell Barnes (1 ep) and Nick Bassett (7 eps).

NZ Vendors: 1,400

About shooting in New Zealand

The pilot for Sweet Tooth was written and shot well before the coronavirus pandemic, but the team suddenly found themselves making a show that felt unexpectedly timely. Executive Producer/Writer/Director/Co-Showrunner Jim Mickle and Executive Producer/Writer/Co-Showrunner Beth Schwartz, and the writers were about two months into writing the season’s scripts in March 2020 when COVID-19 began shutting down parts of the US. The team returned to New Zealand in 2020 to shoot the remainder of the season and adhered to strict COVID-19 safety protocols.

Mickle says of the story’s real-life similarities, “Making television is such a labour and time intensive process, and sometimes when you jump into a story that has big themes and big messages, the world ends up mirroring and echoing the story. Crazily enough, the real world chased so much of what we address in this show — and what the comics addressed more than 10 years ago. Life keeps mirroring art, and vice versa.”

Despite its prescient parallels to the real world, Mickle believes Sweet Tooth will offer the whole family a fun escape. “We want people to come into this world where there’s beauty and hope and adventure. This is a sweeping story — we ride on trains, climb mountaintops, run through forests. This is a show about what makes a family, what home really means, and why it’s important to keep faith in humanity.”

image from Netflix series Sweet Tooth
SWEET TOOTH (L to R) NONSO ANOZIE as TOMMY JEPPERD and CHRISTIAN CONVERY as GUS in episode 103 of SWEET TOOTH Cr. KIRSTY GRIFFIN/NETFLIX © 2021

 

A still from Netflix series Sweet Tooth
SWEET TOOTH, GUS of SWEET TOOTH Cr. KIRSTY GRIFFIN/NETFLIX © 2021

 

About Sweet Tooth

Ten years ago “The Great Crumble” wreaked havoc on the world and led to the mysterious emergence of hybrids — babies born part human, part animal. Unsure if hybrids are the cause or result of the virus, many humans fear and hunt them. After a decade of living safely in his secluded forest home, a sheltered hybrid deer-boy named Gus (Christian Convery) unexpectedly befriends a wandering loner named Jepperd (Nonso Anozie). Together they set out on an extraordinary adventure across what’s left of America in search of answers— about Gus' origins, Jepperd's past, and the true meaning of home. But their story is full of unexpected allies and enemies, and Gus quickly learns the lush, dangerous world outside the forest is more complex than he ever could have imagined. Based on the DC comic book series by Jeff Lemire, Sweet Tooth is executive produced by Jim Mickle, Beth Schwartz, Susan Downey, Robert Downey, Jr., Amanda Burrell, and Linda Moran. It was produced in New Zealand by Mel Turner.

About the New Zealand Screen Production Grant
 

The New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG) for International Productions is part of the New Zealand Government’s screen incentives scheme, which includes the Post, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Grant. Eligible productions can access a cash rebate on Qualifying New Zealand Production Expenditure (QNZPE).

The baseline International grant is 20% of QNZPE. For PDV productions, the grant is 20% of QNZPE up to NZ$25million, thereafter 18% of QNZPE NZ$25million and above.

Sweet Tooth debuts on Netflix June 4 2021 at 7pm NZT.