Ten has revealed a big name cast for its Cronulla period drama Puberty Blues.
Many of the actors have worked with the Southern Star production team on previous shows. The producers of the series – which will go beyond the book Puberty Blues and potentially leave the door open for ten to do further series – will be Imogen Banks and John Edwards. Filming for the current series of Offspring has just wrapped.
The cast includes Claudia Karvan (The Secret Life of us, Love My Way, Spirited), Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms, Underbelly), Susie Porter (Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms, East West 101), Dan Wyllie (Love my Way, Animal Kingdom), Susan Prior (All Saints, Animal Kingdom), Rodger Corser (Rush, Underbelly, Spirited), Ashleigh Cummings (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Tomorrow When the War Began), Brenna Harding (Packed to the Rafters, My Place), Sean Keenan, Ed Oxenbould, Charlotte Best, Katie Wall, Reef Ireland and Isabelle Cornish.
The book Puberty Blues was written in 1979 by Gabrielle carey and Kathy Lette. Set in Sutherland Shire – also the backdrop for Ten’s new “dramality” shoiw The Shire – it features the story of two 13-year-old girls’ initiation into surf culture.
Puberty Blues was previously filmed as a feature by director Bruce Beresford.
Ten executive producer Rick Maier said: “To be able to assemble this cast speaks volumes about both the pedigree of the production and the impact of the original novel.”
The series is being directed by Glendyn Ivin (Beaconsfield, Offspring, Last Ride) and Emma Freeman (Hawke, Tangle, Offspring).
Production starts next week.