Savage River

Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why) stars in a 6-part crime thiller Savage River, directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker, Stateless). It is commissioned by the ABC, and currently filming in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Synopsis

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.

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Crime drama Savage River coming to ABC

New crime drama Savage River was announced today, developed and commissioned by the ABC with worldwide distribution rights acquired by Dynamic Television. Produced by Aquarius Films, Jocelyn Moorhouse (Wakefield, Stateless, The Dressmaker) is directing the 6 x 57 series with Golden Globe-nominated actress Katherine Langford (Thirteen Reasons Why, Cursed, Knives Out) attached in the leading role.

Savage River is produced by Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford for Aquarius Films. The TV series is co-created by writers Belinda Bradley, Franz Docherty and lead writer Giula Sandler who most recently penned HBO Max’s Murders at White House Farm and Glitch, produced by Matchbox Pictures for ABC Australia and available for the world on Netflix. Fielder and Staniford also join the writing team. With major production investment from Screen Australia and financed with support from Film Victoria and The Post Lounge, Savage River is filming entirely in Melbourne and regional Victoria adhering to the screen industry’s best-practice COVID-Safe guidelines and all government protocols relating to COVID-19.

“Savage River is a superbly written crime drama from immensely talented filmmakers,” said Daniel March, Managing Partner for Dynamic Television. “We’re excited to acquire a series that is sure to be gripping, compelling and will deliver what global audiences crave.”

Screen Australia’s Head of Content, Sally Caplan said, “We’re thrilled to support Belinda Bradley, Franz Docherty and Giula Sandler to create this gripping mystery series, and we look forward to seeing it brought to life by powerhouse director Jocelyn Moorhouse.”

ABC’s Head of Drama, Entertainment and Indigenous Sally Riley says “Savage River is a thrilling and distinctive mystery with unmistakeable characters set in a small town near you. Aquarius Films have gathered an exceptionally talented creative team to craft a series that will be unforgettable.”

When Miki Anderson returns to her hometown in rural Victoria after eight years in prison, she’s determined to finally move on with her life. But the close-knit community of Savage River is not about to let her forget the past that easily. When a murder rocks the town, Miki immediately becomes the focus of everyone’s suspicion. With the police closing in, she sets out to prove her innocence, uncovering long-buried secrets that will cast doubt on everything she thought she knew.

Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Don McAlpine (The Dressmaker, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet), production designer Jo Ford (War Machine, The Secrets She Keeps, Picnic at Hanging Rock), costume designer Maria Pattison (Berlin Syndrome, Nowhere Boys, Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries) and BAFTA-winning and Academy Award-nominated composer David Hirschfelder (Elizabeth, Shine, Strictly Ballroom, The Dressmaker) are also on board and Koori Dunghutti filmmaker Darlene Johnson is undertaking a director/producer attachment as part of her Sydney Film Festival and Deutsche Bank’s First Nations fellowship.

“We are thrilled to be producing Savage River with Jocelyn at the helm of all six episodes – she is one of the most talented Australian directors working today and her previous work is a testament to her unique artistic vision. Co-creators Belinda, Franz and Giula have fashioned a complex, character-driven mystery thriller. 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. We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect actress to play Miki and with the brilliant Katherine Langford on board, we are excited about commencing filming in Victoria,” said producers and co-writers Fielder and Staniford.

Jocelyn Moorhouse said, “I am really excited to be directing Savage River. It’s a compelling and suspenseful mystery and I look forward to working with the extremely talented Katherine Langford in the lead role of Miki.”

Fielder is the Academy Award-nominated producer known for Lion starring Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel and Rooney Mara. Staniford produced Berlin Syndrome starring Teresa Palmer, directed by Cate Shortland (Marvel’s Black Widow) and released by eOne and Netflix.

Director Jocelyn Moorhouse’s first feature film, Proof, won multiple prizes at various international film festivals, including the Golden Camera-Special Mention Award in Cannes and the British Film Institute Awards. The film also earned instant critical acclaim in Australia winning six Australian Film Institute Awards, including best screenplay and best director. Additional film credits include How to Make an American Quilt, starring Anne Bancroft, Winona Ryder and Dermot Mulroney and The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth.

Katherine Langford first gained attention for her starring role as Hannah Baker in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination. She went on to roles in 20th Century Fox’s Love, Simon; Lionsgate’s critically acclaimed Knives Out; Paramount Pictures’ Spontaneous, for which she received a Critics’ Choice Award nomination and Frank Miller’s Cursed for Netflix.

Aquarius Films’ production and development slate includes the feature film Most Admired Woman based on the acclaimed biography ‘Sister Kenny: The Woman Who Challenged the Doctors’ co-produced with Decade Films, the TV series The Subjugate based on the acclaimed novel of the same title written by award-winner Amanda Bridgeman and co-produced with Anonymous Content, a co-production with Rose Byrne’s Dollhouse Pictures for TV series The Geography of Friendship based on Sally Piper’s best-selling novel and the comedy drama series Fight Like a Girl adapted from the novel of the same title written by Clementine Ford.

Confirmed for 2022

Savage River

2022 Upfronts

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Set in regional Victoria and starring Katherine Langford, the compelling six-part series Savage River is an intriguing murder mystery.

When Miki Anderson returns to her hometown in rural Victoria after 8 years in prison, she’s determined to finally move on with her life. But the close-knit community of Savage River is not about to let her forget the past that easily.

When a murder rocks the town, Miki immediately becomes the focus of everyone’s suspicion.

With the police closing in, she sets out to prove her innocence, uncovering long- buried secrets that will cast doubt on everything she thought she knew.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

An Aquarius Films Production. Major principal production investment from

Screen Australia in association with the ABC. Financed with support from Film Victoria. Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. Producers Angie Fielder & Polly Staniford. Executive Producer Miranda Culley. ABC Executive Producer Rebecca Anderson. Written by Giula Sandler,

Belinda Bradley and Franz Docherty. International Distribution by Dynamic Television.

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Mystery and murder - cameras roll on ABC drama Savage River

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Filming is underway in Victoria’s majestic high country on the enthralling, six-part crime drama Savage River . Complementing ABC’s 2022 Australian drama line-up, this impressive series features an enviable ensemble cast of established and emerging Australian actors, backed by a world class creative team led by director Jocelyn Moorhouse and the legendary cinematographer Don McAlpine.

Produced by Aquarius Films and starring Golden Globe-nominated actress Katherine Langford ( Thirteen Reasons Why , Knives Out ), Jacqueline McKenzie ( Bloom, Reckoning ), Cooper Van Grootel ( One Of Us is Lying ), Nadine Garner ( The Doctor Blake Mysteries ), James Mackay ( Dynasty ), Bernard Curry ( Wentworth ), Mark Coles Smith ( Mystery Road: Origin ), Virginia Gay ( Winners & Losers ), Daniel Henshall ( Snowtown ) and Osamah Sami ( Ali’s Wedding ), Savage River tells the story of Miki Anderson (Katherine Langford), who returns to her hometown in rural Victoria after eight years in prison, determined to finally move on with her life.

But the close-knit community of Savage River is not about to let her forget the past that easily. When a murder rocks the town, Miki immediately becomes the focus of everyone’s suspicion. With the police closing in, she sets out to prove her innocence, uncovering long-buried secrets that will cast doubt on everything she thought she knew.

Additional cast include Robert Grubb, Leah Vandenberg, Amesh Edireweera, Richard Piper, with many undertaking their first major role - Miranda Anwar, Maia Abbas, Haya Abbas, Bill Zeng, Julian Weeks, Jack Kenny and Hattie Hook.

ABC Head of Drama, Entertainment and Indigenous Sally Riley says “Aquarius Films have assembled an amazing cast led by the immensely talented Katherine Langford and Jacqueline McKenzie. This moody mystery set in stunning regional Victoria will keep you guessing till the end. We can’t wait to share this gripping series with audiences later this year.”

Producers and co-writers Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford of Aquarius Films say, “We are thrilled to be making Savage River with Jocelyn Moorhouse at the helm of all six episodes – she is one of the most talented Australian directors working today and her previous work is a testament to her unique artistic vision. Combined with the potent on-screen presence of Katherine Langford, scripts overseen by the brilliant Giula Sandler, and set against the unique specificity of the Australian rural and social landscape, Savage River will take viewers on an unsettling exploration of a small-town community that hides many secrets.”

Savage River will film in Melbourne and regional Victoria over the next 9 weeks and will air on ABC TV and ABC iview later this year.

Production Credits: An Aquarius Films production for ABC. Major production investment from Screen Australia with support from Film Victoria through production investment and the Regional Location Assistance Fund (RLAF). Created and written by Belinda Bradley, Franz Docherty and Giula Sandler. Director Jocelyn Moorhouse. Produced by Angie Fielder & Polly Staniford. Executive Producer Miranda Culley. ABC Executive Producers Rebecca Anderson and Sally Riley. Dynamic Television is handling international sales.

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ABC set to debut moody mystery series

Get ready to dive into the gripping six-part crime drama Savage River when it premieres on Sunday September 4th at 8.30pm on ABC TV and ABC iview. This must watch ABC drama event, will keep audiences guessing till the very end.

Starring an impressive line-up of stars including, Golden Globe-nominated actress Katherine Langford, Virginia Gay, Jacqueline McKenzie*,* Cooper Van Grootel*,* Nadine Garner, Daniel Henshall, Robert Grubb, James Mackay, Mark Coles Smith*,* Osamah Sami and Bernard Curry. Savage River tells the story of Miki Anderson (Katherine Langford), who returns to her hometown in rural Victoria after eight years in prison, determined to finally move on with her life.

But the close-knit community of Savage River is not about to let her forget the past that easily. When a murder rocks the town, Miki immediately becomes the focus of everyone’s suspicion. With the police closing in, she sets out to prove her innocence, uncovering long-buried secrets that will cast doubt on everything she thought she knew.

Created by Belinda Bradley, Franz Docherty and Giula Sandler, this impressive series is produced by Angie Fielder & Polly Staniford for Aquarius Films and is backed by a world class creative team led by director Jocelyn Moorhouse and the legendary cinematographer Don McAlpine. Additional cast include Sally-Anne Upton, Leah Vandenberg, Amesh Edireweera and Richard Piper, with many undertaking their first major role including, Miranda Anwar, Maia Abbas, Haya Abbas, Bill Zeng, Julian Weeks, Jack Kenny and Hattie Hook.

Production Credits: An Aquarius Films production for ABC. Major production investment from Screen Australia with support from VicScreen through production investment and the Regional Location Assistance Fund (RLAF). Created and written by Belinda Bradley, Franz Docherty and Giula Sandler. Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. Produced by Angie Fielder & Polly Staniford. Executive Producer Miranda Culley. ABC Executive Producers Sally Riley, Alex Baldwin, Rebecca Anderson. Dynamic Television is handling international sales.

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Who is the actor at 1:04 … looks a bit like Shane Withington but it isn’t . He looks familiar.

Andrew S. Gilbert, who is best known for his role as Tony Twist in Round the Twist.

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