Leading Aussie Talent Join Cast of East West 101

21 September, 2010 by IF

Press release by SBS Australia 

Matt Nable and Aden Young Sizzle on Set, described as “…the most cinematic crime show we've produced so far.
And, in my view, the best.” – Graeme Blundell, The Australian


Two of Australia’s most talented rising stars,
Matt Nable (The Final Winter, Mei Mei, SIS: Special Investigation Section) and Aden Young (Mao’s Last Dance, Cosi, Black Robe) have joined the cast of SBS’s multi-award winning drama EAST WEST 101. Both have recently completed filming The Killer Elite, with Robert De Niro and Clive Owen.

Matt Nable said, “I am thrilled to be joining this highly acclaimed drama and brilliant cast. I have great respect for the producers and crew, and have been a fan of the show for some time. The messages of the production are relevant for all Australians.”

Nable and Young, along with a stable of others, including Aaron Jeffrey (McLeod’s Daughters,
X-Men Origins Wolverine, Outrageous Fortune), Tammy MacIntosh (All Saints, Police Rescue,
BBC’s Jeopardy), Richard Carter (Wildside),
Robert Mammone (Underbelly, Matrix), Jacek Koman (Moulin Rouge),
Gosia Dobrowolska (Silver City), Victoria Haralabidou (Martin Scorses’s Nyfes ) and
Rena Owen (Once Were Warriors) join the cast as filming for the new season begins this week in various locations across Sydney.

Returning for the third season are the stars of the program, Silver Logie winner Don Hany, multi AFI and Logie winner Susie Porter and accomplished performers Aaron Fa’aoso, Renee Lim, Danielle Farinacci and Tasneem Roc.

Don Hany said, “I am proud to be involved in the program. It speaks about messages that are important to all Australians. After reading the scripts for this season, I couldn’t wait to get back on set.”

Susie Porter said, “Without giving too much away, Inspector Wright struggles in the upcoming season with personal dilemmas and decisions that shocked me to the very core of my own moral fibre.”

East West 101, created by Knapman Wyld Television for SBS, will return to screens for this third season in early 2011, this time exploring the fallout from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through crimes committed in Australia.

Producer Steve Knapman said, “The third season presented the usual challenge, if not a greater one. The inspiration behind the scripts came from the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan. I was interested in exploring the universal truths of the experience of combat on men, as well as the ‘collateral damage’ of innocent civilians that was the consequence of such supposed ‘humanitarian intervention’.”

Producer Kris Wyld said, “In this season we put Malik and Wright under intense pressure. When a cop’s personal life is directly affected by an act of crime, just how far will he or she go in pursuit of justice? Watch and see.”

Caterina DeNave, Executive Producer, Drama & Comedy, SBS said, “East West 101 is an extraordinarily special show, and we are thrilled to be working on the third season with Knapman Wyld, and the phenomenal cast and crew. I cannot wait to see Malik and Wright interact on screen with the hot new talent in 2011.”

East West 101 has proven to be one of the most gritty and ground-breaking dramas in Australian television history, winning a slew of accolades in 2010 alone. Awards include two Logies (Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie and Most Outstanding Actor), three AFI awards, three awards of excellence at the Accolade Awards LA, a gold medal for Best Mini-series at the New York Festival’s International Television and Film Awards, and a Best Music Award from APRA and AGSC. Not to mention Director Peter Andrikidis (The Wog Boy 2 – Kings of Mykonos) was recently nominated for Best Director of a Mini-series by the Australian Director’s Guild. And now, with an injection of new talent, season three promises to lift the bar even higher.

SBS Australia and Screen Australia present East West 101, a Knapman Wyld Television Production in association with Screen New South Wales. It is written and created by Steve Knapman and Kris Wyld. Season three is directed by Peter Andrikidis and written by Michael Miller, David Ogilvy, Katherine Thomson, Michelle Offen and Vanessa Bates, with the final episode written by Steve Knapman and Kris Wyld.

The series was commissioned by Matt Campbell, Director of TV and Online Content, SBS.

Season Three of East West 101 will air early 2011 on SBS.

Seasons One and Two are currently available to purchase on DVD through the SBS online store – http://www.sbs.com.au/shop/