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Asher Keddie and Richard Roxburgh to star in new SBS drama shooting in South Australia, The Hunting (17 January 2019)

January 17 2019

Seven-time Logie winner Asher Keddie (Offspring, The Cry) and AACTA / Logie winner Richard Roxburgh (Rake, Hacksaw Ridge) lead an ensemble cast in the new four-part SBS original drama The Hunting, which goes into production tomorrow in Adelaide.

Joining these screen icons are Sam Reid (Bloom, Lambs of God), Jessica De Gouw (Arrow, Deadline Gallipoli), Luca Sardelis (Nowhere Boys, Deadlock), Yazeed Daher (The Heights, Safe Harbour), and newcomers Kavitha Anandasivam and Alex Cusack. Rounding out this superb ensemble are Pamela Rabe (Wentworth), Leah Vandenberg (The Letdown), Rodney Afif (Ali's Wedding), Sachin Joab (Lion) Elena Carapetis (Look Both Ways) and Anni Lindner (Wolf Creek TV).

Produced by Closer Productions for SBS, with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the South Australian Film Corporation, 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 unbearable consequences for the students and their families. Tackling themes of misogyny, privacy, sexuality and sexualisation, online exploitation, toxic 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.

Producer/ Director Sophie Hyde said: “With The Hunting we explore teens using technology within sexual context and reframe the conversation to be about trust and consent, considering how we are culturally responsible and exploring how we all navigate this. As co-creator and producer of the show I couldn’t be more delighted to work with our skilled, empathetic team partners to tell this story, and to be joined in directing by Ana Kokkinos, a filmmaking hero of
mine, who brings her considerable skills and talent to this vital work.”

South Australian Film Corporation’s Head of Production, Development, Attraction and Studios, Amanda Duthie sa: “Congratulations to Closer for achieving the first networkcommissioned primetime long-form drama fully created in South Australia. In telling this timely story they have attracted outstanding cast, crew and creatives to the production, and with a 60 per cent female representation.”

Read the full release here.