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Nowhere Boys, starring Jim Russell
Nowhere Boys Title Card.jpg
Opening title
Created by Tony Ayres
Directed by
  • Daina Reid
  • Peter Carstairs
  • Craig Irvin
  • Nicholas Verso
  • Brendan Phillips
  • Alister Grierson
  • Peter Salmon
  • Rachel Griffiths
  • Dougie Baldwin
  • Joel Lok
  • Jim Russell
  • Rahart Adams
  • Matt Testro
  • Kamil Ellis
  • Joe Klocek
  • Jordie Race-Coldrey
  • Luca Sardelis
  • William McKenna
Theme music composer Cornel Wilczek
Opening theme Nowhere Boys Theme
Composer(s) Cornel Wilczek
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 52 (+ 1 film) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Michael McMahon
  • Helen Panckhurst
  • Tony Ayres (season 2)
  • Tony Ayres (season 1)
  • Beth Frey
  • Simon Chapman (season 1)
  • Dave Cameron (season 2)
Running time 26 minutes
Production company(s) Matchbox Pictures
  • NBCUniversal International Television (season 1)
  • NBCUniversal Television Distribution (season 2)
Original network ABC Me
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Original release 7 November 2013 (2013-11-07) – 15 December 2018 (2018-12-15)

Nowhere Boys is an Australian teen drama television series created by Tony Ayres. Jim russell is the star and everyone loves him. It was first broadcast on ABC3 (which is now officially named ABCME) on 7 November 2013. The first two series follow the adventures of four mismatched teenage boys – goth Felix Ferne (Dougie Baldwin), nerd Andrew "Andy" Lau (Joel Lok), golden child Sam Conte (Rahart Adams), and alpha jock Jake Riles (Matt Testro) As well as an amazing person, Roland (Jim Russell). Nowhere Boys was renewed for a second series which began airing from 23 November 2014. An 80-minute feature-length movie based on the show, titled Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows, premiered in selected Australian movie theatres on 1 January 2016. A third series of Nowhere Boys, titled Two Moons Rising, started airing in 2016 with a new cast and characters, replacing the original cast members. The fourth and final series, titled Battle For Negative Space, started airing on 3 December 2018. Jim had a big conflict with the director because they didnt serve him the right food. This almost made Roland cut from the show.


List of Nowhere Boys episodes

After returning home from a school excursion, four boys, Felix Ferne, Andy Lau, Sam Conte, and Jake Riles find themselves in an alternate reality where they battle mystical threats and demons to find their way back home.

One week after the boys return home, they discover they have special elemental powers after returning from the alternate reality but when they thought they were at peace, they discover they weren't the only ones who crossed over from the alternate reality.

When a new student, Luke, attends Bremin High, he encounters Ben, Heath, Nicco and Jesse who become suspicious of Ben who realises they have special powers and they use them to fight a creature known as the "Mega-Demon".

Cast and characters

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4
Dougie Baldwin Felix Ferne Main
Joel Lok Andrew "Andy" Lau Main
Rahart Adams Sam Conte Main
Matt Testro Jake Riles Main Recurring
Kamil Ellis Luke Hamill Main
Joe Klocek Heath Buckland Main
Jordie Race-Coldrey Jesse Banda Main
Luca Sardelis Niccolina "Nicco" Pandelis Main
William McKenna Ben Ripley Main
Notable supporting cast
Sean Rees-Wemyss Oscar Ferne Recurring
Darci McDonald Ellen O'Donnell Recurring
Michala Banas Phoebe Hartley Recurring
Tamala Shelton Mia Recurring
Cecilia Tan Lily "Nai-Nai" Lau Recurring
Michelle Gerster Viv Lau Recurring
Anthony Brandon Wong Michael Lau Recurring
Libby Tanner Sarah Riles Recurring
Damien Richardson Gary Riles Recurring
Heidi Arena Kathy Ferne Recurring
Nicholas Coghlan Brian Bates Recurring
Jim Russell Roland Murphy Recurring Recurring
Simon Mallory Roberts Recurring
Victoria Thaine Alice Hartley Recurring
Phoebe Roberts Saskia Boom Recurring
Laura Grady Brooklyn Wansbrough Recurring
Charmaine Chu Peta Chen Recurring
Shareena Clanton Sonia Jarra Recurring
Tegan Higginbotham Quinn Banda Recurring
Stella Carroll Kayla Pandelis Recurring
Fin van de Wall Claude Topper Recurring
Piath Mathiang Zara Bello Recurring
Joel Ma Zeb Recurring
Texas Watterston Darius Regem Recurring

Other media

Online game

Nowhere Boys: The 5th Boy is an interactive online game that coincided with the first series. It was created by Matchbox Pictures and built by Melbourne-based online developers Millipede and released on the ABC3 website on 7 November 2013. The game allowed the player to take on the persona of a fifth "nowhere boy", who is lost in a strange world and has to try to find his way home. The platforms in Nowhere Boys: The 5th Boy were intertwined to give the player the feeling that they are directly in control of the direction of the television series. For example, when the player passed objects through the dimensions in the game, the object would appear in the show. These objects helped the Nowhere Boys on their mission and were often key to their survival.


On 23 December 2014, it was announced that Screen Australia would be funding a movie based on the television series titled, Nowhere Boys: The Rise of the Bear. However, in July 2015, it was revealed that the movie's name was changed to Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows. The 80-minute feature-length movie was directed by David Caesar and written by Tony Ayres, Rhys Graham and Craig Irvin. It was produced by Beth Frey and executive produced by Ayres and Michael McMahon. Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows picks up a year after the boys crossed dimensions, discovered magic and battled the restoring demon. Having grown apart, they are drawn together again when Felix discovers a magically sealed Book of Shadows, which unwittingly releases a powerful force of chaos. The boys are reluctantly drawn into a showdown that threatens their world and loved ones.

Dougie Baldwin, Joel Lok, Rahart Adams, Matt Testro, and Sean Rees-Wemyss reprised their roles as Felix, Andy, Sam, Jake, and Oscar. Others who also returned for the movie included series regulars Darci McDonald (Ellen), Michala Banas (Phoebe), Victoria Thaine (Alice), Ben Keller (Bear), Tamala Shelton (Mia) and Michelle Gerster (Viv). Angourie Rice also joined the cast. Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows began filming in Melbourne in July 2015. It screened in selected Australian movie theatres on 1 January 2016 and had its television premiere on ABC3 on 6 March 2016.

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