The Kettering Incident set for July 4 world premiere

03 May, 2016 by Staff Writer

The Kettering Incident on location  –  Sleeping Beauty, Huon Valley, Tasmania. Photo: Ben King.

The Kettering Incident, a gripping mystery with otherworldly overtones, will make its world premiere on July 4. 


Australian and international expectations for the series continue to build after the show won the Special Jury Prize at the Series Mania Festival in Paris last week. 

The eight episode series stars The Night Manager’s Elizabeth Debicki with Matthew Le Nevez.

The series boasts an impressive cast including Henry Nixon, Anthony Phelan, Damon Gameau, Damien Garvey, Sacha Horler, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Ben Oxenbould, Suzi Dougherty, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Dylan Young and Neil Pigot.  Many Tasmanian actors feature in the series including Alison Whyte, Kris McQuade, Brad Kannegiesser, Katie Robertson, Marcus Hensley, Nathan Spencer and Matt Burton.

Tasmanian writer Victoria Madden (Lynda La Plante’s Trial and Retribution, The Bill, Halifax FP) is co-creator of The Kettering Incident with Vincent Sheehan (Animal Kingdom, The Hunter, The Rover).

Madden is also showrunner and her fellow writers are Andrew Knight, Cate Shortland and Louise Fox. 

It is executive produced by Foxtel head of drama Penny Win, Liz Watts and Anita Sheehan.

Andrew Walker and Vincent Sheehan were also producers on the project.

The Kettering Incident was commissioned by Foxtel with investment partners Screen Australia and Screen Tasmania.

The Kettering Incident was shot entirely in Tasmania with the stunning gothic land and seascapes fundamental to the storytelling.   

It tells the story of Anna Macy (Debicki) who left Kettering when she was just 14, shortly after her best friend disappeared when they were playing in the forest. 

When Anna returns 15 years later the town is struggling to survive. The community is being torn apart by clashes between environmentalists and loggers. Anna’s reappearance causes a stir. 

Theories and rumours persist about what really happened to the girls that night – from Anna killing her best friend to alien abduction. Then another girl disappears. Anna is drawn to discover what really happened, uncovering secrets buried deep in her mind and the heart of Kettering and its people.

Foxtel holds UK and New Zealand distribution rights and BBC Worldwide holds global distribution rights. 

It is directed by Tony Krawitz and Rowan Woods.

Foxtel executive director of television, Brian Walsh, said the series was a fascinating drama, rich with mysteries evoked by the wild and remote Tasmanian locations and bursting with an amazing cast led by Elizabeth Debicki. 

“Elizabeth has well and truly emerged as one of Australia’s hottest talents internationally and audiences will be further intrigued as her remarkable performance in The Kettering Incident premieres on Foxtel’s showcase channel this winter,” he said.

The Kettering Incident will air Mondays at 8.30pm AEST from July 4 on Foxtel’s showcase channel.