Screen Tasmania invests in Foxtel mystery

Foxtel The Kettering IncidentScreen Tasmania will invest $1m in Foxtel’s upcoming mystery The Kettering Incident, set to go into production later this year.

The 8 part drama from Porchlight Films and Sweet Potato Films will be filmed entirely in Tasmania, in and around Kettering and on Bruny Island.

Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh and Commissioning Editor of Drama Penny Win joined Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings today for the funding announcement.

“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,” said Premier Giddings.

“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 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.

Co-creator Victoria Madden (Lynda La Plante’s Trial and Retribution, The Bill, Sea Patrol, Water Rats, McLeod’s Daughters, Stingers, Halifax FP, The Flying Doctors) will be joined by writers Andrew Knight (Rake, The Broken Shore, Jack Irish), Cate Shortland (The Slap, The Devil’s Playground, Somersault) and Louise Fox (Broadchurch, Dead Europe, Camelot and Love My Way).

Producer Vincent Sheehan of Porchlight Films 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.”

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,” said Brian Walsh.

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