Katherine Langford to star in new ABC drama Savage River

Jocelyn Moorhouse will direct 6 part series on a woman who returns to her hometown after 8 years in prison.

ABC has a new local crime thriller in the pipeline, Savage River.

The show is directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker, Stateless) and stars Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why, Cursed).

The story involves a woman who returns to her hometown after eight years in prison. But the close-knit community of Savage River is not about to let her forget the past and when a murder occurs the woman is immediately suspected. As she sets out to prove her innocence, she uncovers long-buried secrets.

The 6 part series is co-created by writers Belinda Bradley, Franz Docherty and lead writer Giula Sandler (Murders at White House Farm, Glitch), produced by Aquarius Films (The Unusual Suspects).

Filming will take place in Melbourne and regional Victoria with backing from Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

A top-notch crew includes Don McAlpine as cinematographer plus production designer Jo Ford, costume designer Maria Pattison and composer David Hirschfelder.

“The scripts have the timeless, universal appeal of the crime TV genre coupled with very distinctive, original characters and the unique specificity of the Australian rural and social landscape,” said producers Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford. “Jocelyn, at the helm of all six episodes, is one of the most talented Australian directors working today and her previous work is a testament to her unique artistic vision.”

Savage River is a compelling and suspenseful mystery and I look forward to working with the extremely talented Katherine Langford in the lead role,” said Moorhouse.

While ABC is yet to formally announce the project, U.S. TV distributor Dynamic Television has picked up worldwide distribution rights.

Source: Variety

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