Another Australian drama exits our screens next week….
SBS crime series East West 101 draws to a close on Wednesday night.
Produced and created by Steven Knapman & Kris Wyld (Wildside, White Collar Blue, The Strip), it premiered in 2007 with Don Hany and William McInnes as detectives investigating major crimes while trying to balance their lives and personal ethics.
The cast also included Susie Porter, Aaron Fa’aoso, Daniela Farinacci, Renee Lim and has since featured Gerald Lepkowski and Matthew Nable.
With its strong performances, dramatic storylines and impressive stunts, the series has included diverse characters including stories set amongst Muslim, Somali and Jewish communities. It has also included many first-time actors.
Critically acclaimed, but attracting modest ratings, the three seasons have accrued awards from the AFI Awards, Logie Awards, Australian Writers Guild Awards, Australian Directors Guild Awards, The Accolade Competition (LA) and a Gold Medal for Best MiniSeries at the New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards.
Despite being SBS’ most lauded drama series producers Knapman / Wyld only ever planned the series for 3 seasons and are bowing out to develop other projects. The series was envisioned after the events of 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
SBS hopes for further projects with Knapman / Wyld. Director of Television and Online Content, Matt Campbell, recently told TV Tonight, “We would work with them again in a heartbeat.”
The last-ever episode airs 8:30pm Wednesday on SBS ONE.