BBC Three Picks Up Australian Drama Series ‘Romper Stomper’
BBC Three has acquired the six-part contemporary Australian thriller ‘Romper Stomper‘ it has been announced today, to air in 2018.
Set 25 years on from Geoffrey Wright’s acclaimed 1992 film of the same name, ‘Romper Stomper’ is based at a time when the city’s peace stands on the brink. A new generation of white supremacists, Patriot Blue, exploit middle-class fears, their rise countered by the technologically advanced and globally connected forces of the anti-fascist movement. Between them, immigrant communities are torn between anger and confusion about their place in this world, between retaliating and keeping their heads down. Into this tinderbox falls a struck match: Kane (Toby Wallace – ‘Boys in the Trees’), a 22-year-old who arrives in the city with a secret plan and a hidden history.
The show stars David Wenham (Lion, Lord of the Rings), Lachy Hulme (Howzat!), Sophie Lowe (The Beautiful Lie), Lily Sullivan (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Nicole Chamoun (Ronny Chieng: International Student), and Julian Maroun (Cleverman), with Dan Wyllie (Love My Way) and Jacqueline McKenzie (The 4400) reprising their roles from the original film.
“Romper Stomper is vibrant, thought-provoking television that will grip audiences and ask intelligent, relevant questions about the world today. We’re very excited for BBC Three viewers to see it,” commented Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition.
“It’s a real thrill to make BBC Three Romper Stomper’s UK home,” adds Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three. “This is bold, compelling storytelling featuring some of Australia’s most renowned talent alongside an array of exceptional up and coming actors.”
Wright returns as writer/director, alongside director Daina Reid (The Secret River), writer/director James Napier Robertson (The Dark Horse), and writers Omar Musa and Malcolm Knox.
A Stan Original Series, Romper Stomper is a Roadshow Rough Diamond production with production investment from Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria, and international distribution by DCD Rights.
‘Romper Stomper‘ consists of 6×60’ episodes and will air on BBC Three later in 2018.