The Twelve

The Twelve

FOXTEL continues commitment to local content with new Australian drama THE TWELVE

Foxtel’s tradition of great Australian storytelling is set to continue with the announcement today of a major new Foxtel Original series, THE TWELVE, to be produced in partnership with Warner Bros. International Television Australia and Spirit Pictures.

THE TWELVE, now in development, with production slated for 2021, tells of 12 ordinary people who are selected for jury duty in a murder trial as traumatising as it is controversial, in which a woman stands accused of killing a child. Behind the façade of their anonymity, these twelve ordinary people bring with them their own histories. Lives that are as complex as the trial, full of fractured dreams, shameful secrets, hope, fears, personal trauma and prejudice. Through the multiple lenses of these jurors, we see the fragility and imbalances of the law, and the chaotic and flawed way we attempt to determine justice in our society.

Brian Walsh, Executive Director of Television, said: “Foxtel is proud to continue its long-standing commitment to local content with the announcement of this new drama series, The Twelve.

“In one of the most challenging of times for our industry there has never been a more important moment to consolidate our energies, talent and passion, and reaffirm our commitment to local drama. We have been looking for the ideal vehicle to replace our popular series, Wentworth, and we have every confidence that The Twelve will continue the tradition of bringing gripping Australian drama to the screen.

“The series takes on the crime genre through the lens of jurors. It is a bold and fresh approach to the classic murder mystery story and will boast a big ensemble cast and an equally impressive team of writers and creatives. We look forward to working with Michael Brooks, Hamish Lewis and the team at Warner Bros. International Television in Sydney, and Liz Watts at Spirit Pictures,” he said.

Michael Brooks, Managing Director of Warner Bros. International Television Australia, added: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Foxtel on The Twelve, which will mark the launch of our domestic drama business. Warner Bros. is committed to telling Australian stories and working with the incredible creative talent we have in this country. Our partnership with Liz Watts at Spirit Pictures is the first of many to come and we are excited to work alongside Brian Walsh and the wonderful team at Foxtel.”

THE TWELVE will join an impressive slate of exclusive Australian drama produced for Foxtel over the past 25 years, from the award-winning Love My Way; the ground breaking and critically acclaimed prison drama Wentworth, seen in over 175 countries; period drama A Place To Call Home; Mr Inbetween, created, written and starring Scott Ryan; Tim Minchin’s Upright ; last year’s hugely successful Lambs of God; and the upcoming series from See-Saw Films , The End.

THE TWELVE is a 10 x one-hour crime drama based on the Belgian series of the same name. Executive Producers are Michael Brooks and Hamish Lewis from Warner Bros. International Television Australia, Liz Watts from Spirit Pictures and Brian Walsh for Foxtel.

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Honestly, the naming department for Australian dramas really lack creativity.

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Have to blame the Belgians for this one.

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I really like the sound of this one.

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The synopsis reminds of the 1957 film 12 Angry Men, directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by and starring Henry Fonda.

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First, they remade thr Icelandic movie Rams in Australia, now they remake a Belgian series. There are no original ideas in Australia any more?

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No. There are not.

That’s rubbish. Networks are just reluctant to back them.

Look at the Tim Minchin’s series Upright. Foxtel backed an original idea for once and it was successful in Australia and now finding audiences overseas. Same with Lambs of God.

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This morning Screen Australia announced it had provided production funding for the series.

The Twelve
Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia Pty Ltd
Genre Drama, Thriller, Crime
Writers Sarah Walker, Brad Winters, Leah Purcell, Anchuli Felicia King, Tommy Murphy
Executive Producers Liz Watts, Hamish Lewis, Michael Brooks

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Good to read that it is still going ahead. I wonder how it will fare against the Belgian version (which initially aired here on SBS). I hope our version is just as good as the original.

The drama will now air in 2022.

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NEILL TO HEADLINE AN ALL-STAR AUSTRALIAN CAST FOR FOXTEL CRIME DRAMA SERIES *THE TWELVE

10-Part FOXTEL Original Series Starts Production in Sydney Next Week

FOXTEL and Screen Australia today announced that production will begin in Sydney next week on a new crime drama series The Twelve , which will headline FOXTEL’s Originals slate in 2022. The Twelve tells the story of 12 jurors, ordinary Australians, with struggles of their own, who must decide the case of a woman accused of killing a child.

Celebrated international actor Sam Neill ( Jurassic World: Dominion, Thor: Love and Thunder, Palm Beach), returns to Australia to star in the series, his first major role in an Australian television drama in many years. He joins some of the country’s finest actors including Marta Dusseldorp ( Wentworth, Stateless, A Place to Call Home), Kate Mulvany ( Fighting Season, Lambs of God, Hunters), Brooke Satchwell ( Mr Inbetween, The End, Ride Like a Girl ) , and Hazem Shammas ( Safe Harbour, The Hunting, The Secrets She Keeps ), with an incredibly diverse line-up of rising Australian talent to be announced soon.

Brian Walsh, Executive Director of Television – FOXTEL Group, said: “ The Twelve will continue FOXTEL’s tradition of bringing gripping Australian drama to the screen – this time from the courtroom. The team at Warner Bros. International Television in Australia, together with Easy Tiger Productions, have secured an outstanding ensemble cast along with some of the country’s finest creatives to deliver, what we believe, will be one of the most compelling series next year.”

Michael Brooks, Managing Director of Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia, said: “ The Twelve is an incredibly exciting series for our business and is a continuation of our endeavour to produce great Australian stories for the global market. The FOXTEL Group are an ideal partner given their backing of premium drama and we are extremely excited to be partnering with Endeavor Content globally. We’ve engaged a team that will deliver a story that will captivate audiences across the board and showcase the amazing talent we have on the ground locally.”

Screen Australia Head of Content Sally Caplan said: “ The Twelve is a powerful courtroom drama that is set to re-shape the genre with its complex moral and ethical issues. Easy Tiger’s pedigree for producing highly engrossing dramas is guaranteed to continue, having assembled a powerhouse cast and a storyline that will challenge our very belief in guilt and innocence. Local and global audiences are sure to devour this thrilling series when it airs next year.”

The Twelve , commissioned by the FOXTEL Group, will be produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia in partnership with Easy Tiger with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with FOXTEL. Financed with support from Screen NSW. The series will be distributed globally by Endeavor Content.

The series will be produced by Ian Collie, Rob Gibson and Ally Henville (Easy Tiger), and Executive Produced by Michael Brooks and Hamish Lewis (Warner Bros.) and Liz Watts (Spirit Pictures). Executive Producers for the FOXTEL Group are Brian Walsh and Penny Win.

The Setup Director is Daniel Nettheim ( The Tourist, Line of Duty, Doctor Who, Broadchurch ) with writers Greg Waters (Script Producer), Sarah Walker, Brad Winters, Anchuli Felicia King, Leah Purcell and Tommy Murphy.

The Twelve , a 10 x one-hour crime drama for the FOXTEL GROUP, will commence production on Tuesday November 30, 2021 in various locations around Sydney.

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