The true Australian crime story from the BAFTA-nominated producers of Churchill and McQueen explores the harrowing legacy of Perth serial killer Eric Edgar Cooke.
Stan will be delving into some dark Australian history with a new four-part original true crime docuseries that you can’t look away from, titled After the Night coming soon.
Created and directed by Thomas Meadmore , the acclaimed Australian filmmaker behind the documentaries The Spy Who Fell to Earth , The Outsider and How to Lose Jobs & Alienate Girlfriends , the new Stan Original Series is about one of Australia’s deadliest serial killers Eric Edgar Cooke , known as ‘The Night Caller,’ who terrorised and destroyed a local Australian community, murdering eight people and assaulting and attempting to kill many more.
In the early 1960s, Perth was a sunny, peaceful and innocent city, suddenly devastated by a spate of horrific, disparate, seemingly senseless killings, which local police failed to connect and attribute to one man until it was far too late.
The docuseries explores the killer’s harrowing legacy of tragedy, grief, responsibility and redemption – as seen through the eyes of a filmmaker returning to his childhood home, Perth, and spending time with those closest to the killer and his victims, whose lives he altered irrevocably.
With unprecedented access to the killer’s wife and the two men wrongly convicted of his crimes, this is a series about the devastating aftermath of serial murder, and how his victims have come together through grief and injustice in the pursuit of closure and redemption.
The Stan Original Series After the Night is created and directed by Thomas Meadmore and produced by BAFTA- nominated Salon Pictures ( Churchill , McQueen ) and EQ Media Group ( Body Hack, Uncharted with Sam Neill, Koala Rescue, Rhys Darby: Big in Japan ), with support from Screen Australia.
Nick Forward, Chief Content Officer at Stan, said: “Stan is committed to bringing Australian stories to audiences and we’re privileged to be working with Thomas Meadmore, Salon Pictures and EQ Media Group, to shed light on this never-before-told tragic, yet captivating, true crime chapter in Australian history.”
Thomas Meadmore, creator and director, said: “Growing up, mum’s tale of the man who randomly knocked on the neighbours’ door in the night and shot the person who answered terrified me. It is amazing that Stan, alongside my other production partners, have afforded me the opportunity to fully explore the legacy of this epic home town story and the people it affected – some in the most profound ways possible.”
Brendan Dahill, General Manager and Executive Producer at EQ Media Group, said: “We were instantly drawn to this dynamic tale of the bogeyman that haunted Thomas’ childhood home and forever robbed Perth of its innocence. We are delighted to be working with our local partners at Stan and Screen Australia alongside Salon Pictures and most especially our talented director Thomas.”
- Stan Original True Crime Series After the Night is co-produced by EQ Media Group and Salon Pictures.
- Developed with support from Screen Australia.