Tasmanian mystery series commissioned for Foxtel

Screen Tasmania has confirmed $1m funding for Foxtel’s mystery drama series The Kettering Incident.

The announcement:

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings today announced the State Government would invest $1 million through Screen Tasmania in The Kettering Incident drama series set to go into production later this year.

Foxtel has commissioned the eight episode mystery series from Porchlight Films and Sweet Potato Films, with funding also secured from Screen Australia and distribution through BBC Worldwide.

The Kettering Incident will be filmed entirely on location in Tasmania, in and around Kettering and on Bruny Island.

Ms Giddings said “Identifying our competitive advantages is the key to the future growth of our state and the screen industry is an example of a creative and sustainable industry for Tasmania.

“We have unique landscapes and locations in Tasmania unlike anywhere in the rest of Australia. The Kettering Incident will be screened internationally and will be a showcase, portraying Tasmania to the world.”

The story of The Kettering Incident begins as Doctor Anna Macy finds herself inexplicably linked to the cases of two girls who have mysteriously disappeared in identical circumstances in the wilds of Tasmania 15 years apart. To clear her name, Anna must delve into her troubled past and face some truths about herself and the otherworldly nature of this gothic land.

Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh and Commissioning Editor of Drama Penny Win joined producer Vincent Sheehan of Porchlight Films (The Hunter, Animal Kingdom and the forthcoming film The Rover) and series’ co-creator and writer Victoria Madden in Kettering for Ms Giddings’ announcement.

Ms Madden is a Tasmanian whose international writing credits include Lynda La Plante’s Trial and Retribution and The Bill, as well as Australian shows Sea Patrol, Water Rats, McLeod’s Daughters, Stingers, Halifax FP and The Flying Doctors.

She will be joined by three other leading Australian writers to work on The Kettering Incident – Andrew Knight (Rake, The Broken Shore, Jack Irish), Cate Shortland (The Slap, Somersault and the forthcoming Devil’s Playground) and Louise Fox (Broadchurch, Dead Europe, Camelot and Love My Way).

Mr Sheehan said “Vicky Madden’s distinctive and authentic Tasmanian voice has been part of attracting such an exciting writing team to the project. I am also very pleased to be able to announce Rowan Woods (The Boys, Little Fish, The Broken Shore) and Tony Krawitz (Jewboy, Dead Europe, The Tall Man, Devil’s Playground) as our directors for The Kettering Incident.”

Mr Walsh said “The Kettering Incident is a bold and compelling story and this part of Tasmania offers such a range of stunning filming locations, so this is a tremendous opportunity for Foxtel to combine outstanding creative and natural resources and deliver a remarkable new Australian drama series.”

Source: Foxtel press release.


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