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SBS drama The Hunting starring Asher Keddie and Richard Roxburgh to premiere Thursday 1 August

03 July 2019

“It was meant just for you…”

Asher Keddie and Richard Roxburgh explore sex, trust and consent in SBS drama The Hunting Premieres Thursday 1 August at 8.30pm

Introducing Kavitha Anandasivam and Alex Cusack

First look trailer here

Intense, compelling and timely The Hunting is about how teenagers traverse the complexities of relationships, identity and sexuality via technology. The four-part drama series from Adelaide’s Closer Productions will premiere on SBS at 8.30pm Thursday 1 August.

Starring Asher Keddie (Offspring, The Cry) and Richard Roxburgh (Rake, Hacksaw Ridge), The Hunting intimately and dramatically imagines the lives of four teenagers, their teachers and families throughout the lead up, revelation and aftermath of a nude teen photo scandal.

When two high school teachers discover students are sharing explicit photos of their underage friends and peers online, the revelation has devastating consequences for the students and their families. Tackling themes of misogyny, privacy, sexuality and sexualisation, online exploitation, masculinity and gender, the series uses this singular event as a way of exploring some of the most pressing issues of our time and offering a vital portrait of modern, multicultural Australia.

Asher Keddie said:

“There are so many hard-wired ideas we’ve grown up with that we’re realising are unacceptable. I have four and nine year old sons, and the world that they are navigating is vastly different to the one I grew up in. I think The Hunting, and the conversations it will inevitably ignite are really necessary, to stay on the front foot and to help raise emotionally intelligent, respectful human beings”  

Richard Roxburgh said:

“This series explores deeply entrenched patterns of behaviour. It’s critical for us to understand that the ripples of this behaviour have consequences, and in particular, they permeate masculine culture everywhere. Any parent will be aware of the new pressures of dealing with the conundrums of social media once your children can go down the rabbit hole of accessible internet.”

SBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald said:

“Tightly paced and gripping, The Hunting unpicks the choices of four diverse teens with compassion and humanity. This provocative modern drama will force audiences to face uncomfortable questions about social media and our online lives, and where consent and trust fits into this. This is vital viewing for anyone with a teenager in their life.”

Read the full release here.

Featured image: Asher Keddie and Richard Roxburgh in The Hunting
Picture credit: Nat Rogers

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