Zero Chill

Zero Chill filmed at iceSheffield

Release on Netflix 15th March

Tween sports drama filmed in Sheffield

Zero Chill, Netflix’s freshest coming of age series will be released in the UK from 15th March. Filmed across the city of Sheffield, primarily in one of iceSheffield‘s three Olympic size rinks, the ten-part series is a story of friendship and family within the competitive worlds of ice hockey and ice skating.

15 year old twins, Kayla (Grace Beedie) and Mac (Dakota Benjamin Taylor), have to adapt to their new surroundings following a family move from Canada to the UK due to Mac’s signing to the legendary Hammerström Ice Hockey Academy.  For Mac this means a dream come true as he pursues his ambition to become a top ice hockey player but for Kayla this means putting her own figure skating dreams on hold as she leaves behind not only her native country but also her figure skating partner. Kayla must overcome her frustration at Mac’s ambitions being put before hers and once again find her own place on the ice.

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Jeremias Amoore as Bear Stelzer in Zero Chill, filmed at iceSheffield

Jade Ma as Sky Tyler and Grace Beedie as Kayla Macbentley in Zero Chill, filmed at iceSheffield

Sheffield is one of the UK’s major ice-skating hubs and we visited the city’s iceSheffield arena, to get some advice from the former Team GB figure-skating head coach, David Hartley, who works there. While there, the arena’s general manager said, “Why don’t you shoot the drama here?” Amazingly, he offered us complete access to one of their three rinks for the duration of filming and we were able to hire David as our head coach at the same time!

Angelo Abela, Executive Producer

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Filming Locations

The city of Sheffield was integral to the production which based at the English Institute of Sport and shot extensively at iceSheffield.  Other locations include the Cholera Monument, Northern General Hospital and Delta Force Paintball Centre. In addition to locations, Sheffield’s existing skating community and ice hockey team provided an ideal pool in which to find skilled extras and coaches.

Zero Chill is a Lime Pictures Production for Netflix, created by Doc Martin and Free Rein writers Kirstie Falkous and John Regier, with executive producers Angelo Abela (Free Rein) and Tim Compton (The Evermoor Chronicles). It was written by a talented writing team led by Ackley Bridge‘s Adam Usden and stars a slew of young international actors, most of whom have real sporting experience on the ice, including Dakota Benjamin TaylorGrace BeedieJade Ma (Black Widow), Jeremias Amoore (Die Modemacher), Anastásia Chocholatá (Enchanted Feather), Leonardo Fontes (The Worst Witch), Stan Steinbichler (Vienna Blood) and Brett Houghton. The young cast is supported by experienced actors in the parental roles including Oscar Skagerberg (The Last Kingdom, Midnight Sun, Real Humans), Doug Rao (Dark Heart, Casualty) and Yorkshire native Sarah Jane Potts (Waterloo Road, Holby City, Kinky Boots).

Zero Chill filmed at iceSheffield. Credit: Matt Squire.

Zero Chill filmed in Yorkshire with the support of Screen Yorkshire’s Film Office and our Filming Partners at Sheffield City Council.  Get in touch to find out how we can help you film here.

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    Olivia Thomas, Film Office Co-ordinator

    Olivia is the first point of call for Screen Yorkshire's Crew Service. She is part of the Film Office team and advises on filming enquiries, including locations, crew, facilities and permitting and also maintains our film locations and crew and facilities databases.