The Kettering Incident to premiere at French TV festival

Four Aussie projects chosen for prestigious Series Mania festival in Paris.


Upcoming Foxtel drama The Kettering Incident will have its international premiere at the prestigious Series Mania festival in Paris.

It will be joined by Cleverman (Official Panorama section), The Family Law (Comedy section) and Ready for This (Discovery section). David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos, will be heading the jury.

Cast and creatives from all 4 shows will be in attendance.

Series Mania will have its seventh edition from April 14 to April 25 at Le Forum des Images and Le Grand Rex in Paris. It has become the biggest European TV Fiction in Europe with 22000 spectators last year and 2000 accredited members of the French and European industry attending a large selection of showcases, masterclasses and coproduction forums.

Series Mania this year will showcase 80 series from 20 countries worldwide ranging from South Africa to South Korea, Israel to Indonesia, Canada to Belgium, Poland to Norway.

Previous Aussie series featured have included The Moodys, Utopia, Devil’s Playground, Love Child, East West 101, The Circuit, Tangle, A Moody Christmas, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Puberty Blues, The Slap, The Straits, Please Like Me, Redfern Now, Serangoon Road and The Code.

François-Pier Pelinard-Lambert international curator for Series Mania told TV Tonight, “As usual, we had a lot of quality choice. We do not include two parters, but Molly or Peter Allen would have been welcomed too.

“We saw Barracuda in a ‘work in progress’ version and I wanted to have the series in official competition too, but post production took longer than I thought. So I can’t include it in the final list. Very unfortunately.

“Among the American selection, we will have American Crime Story with Cuba Gooding Jr attending, The Man in the High Castle with Frank Spotnitz attending and the world premiere presentation of Feed the Beast, created by Dexter‘s helmer, Clyde Philips, who will be in Paris too. From Britain, we will have the word premiere of Stephen’s Poliakoff’s Close to the Enemy. And from Scandinavia, we will also have Spring Tide, the new Swedish thriller from The Bridge writers.

“I look forward to discover more Australian drama in the coming months such as Secret City and Deep Water.”

5 Responses

  1. Ah! The Kettering Incident. So, so much promise and yet so much disappointment when the final episode aired. Lets hope the people in Paris only got to see the early episodes. Either this series was massively curtailed for lack of adequate funding, or those making it don’t have a clue how to write an ending.

    If it was simply someone aiming to score follow up “series tags” to hang on to they got it very, very wrong. You have to both reach real conclusions and give people something to look forward to for that. Sadly, the ending of Kettering did neither, after a truly great start. Deeply disappointing in the end. 🙁

  2. The Kettering Incident is the only Australian drama to have been selected for the international competition. A huge achievement for everyone involved – congratulations!

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