Airdate: East of Everything

The ABC’s new six-part local drama series East of Everything will premiere at 8:30pm Sunday March 30.

Starring Richard Roxburgh and Susie Porter, the central character is Art Watkins (Roxburgh), a man who has spent most of his professional life as a travel writer, wandering the globe in search of paradise.

But when his mother dies, Art is summonsed back to the town of Broken Bay and the neglected resort he grew up in with his ‘hippie’ parents at the eastern-most point of the Australian continent.

Tom Long and Gia Carides also feature. The supporting cast includes appearances by Tom Budge, Steve Bisley, Lean Vandenburg and Paula Duncan.

Of particular interest is the script co-written by formidable writer Deb Cox, who penned Seachange a decade ago. Cox’s original idea for that hit series was always to set the story in Byron Bay but the sheer cost of location production was so prohibitive that it was eventually set in Barwon Heads, south east of Geelong on the Bellarine Peninsula.

East of Everything now affords her that chance to see her dream of a drama on the NSW Central Coast.

Press Release:

Richard Roxburgh (Blue Murder) and Logie-award winning Susie Porter (RAN) head a stellar cast in East of Everything, a 6 x 1 hour series, created by writers Deb Cox and Roger Monk, filmed in Byron Shire.

Richard and Susie are joined by Tom Long (SeaChange, Heroes’ Mountain) and Gia Carides (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). Cox was the co-creator and writer of the enormously successful Australian series Seachange, Simone de Beauvoir’s Babies and After the Deluge; Roger Monk wrote and co-produced the award-winning feature film Walking on Water, and was a writer on The Secret Life of Us.

Melbourne producer, Fiona Eagger (CrashBurn, Mallboy and the top-rating telemovie The Society Murders) has been their long-term collaborator and championed their vision to bring this regional series to fruition.

Series directors are Stuart McDonald, whose credits include The Secret Life of Us, SeaChange, MDA and Two Twisted, and Matthew Saville, director of the acclaimed new feature film Noise and the television series We Can be Heroes, The Surgeon and The Secret Life of Us.

The central character in East of Everything is Art Watkins, a man who has spent most of his professional life as a travel writer, wandering the globe in search of paradise. But when his mother dies, Art is summonsed back to the town of Broken Bay and the neglected resort he grew up in with his ‘hippie’ parents at the eastern-most point of the Australian continent. Once more, Art is forced to decide whether to deal with all of life’s glorious complications – or to flee – and as he attempts to unravel the mess of his past, he comes to the ironic realisation that his best hope of happiness is to resurrect the ‘paradise lost’ he left behind.

East of Everything is produced in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Film Finance Corporation Australia, in association with the New South Wales Film & Television Office.

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