Asher Keddie’s new original drama, The Hunting, already has fans gripped. The intense and compelling story explores the lives of four teenagers, their teachers and families throughout the leadup, revelation and aftermath of a nude teen photo scandal.
The new four-part SBS series stars Asher Keddie (Offspring, The Cry) and Richard Roxburgh (Rake, Hacksaw Ridge).
When two high school teachers discover students are sharing explicit photos of their underage friends and peers online, the revelation has devastating consequences for the students and their families. Tackling themes of misogyny, privacy, sexuality and sexualisation, cyberbullying, online exploitation, toxic masculinity and gender, the series uses this singular event as a way of exploring some of the most pressing issues of our time and offering a vital portrait of modern, multicultural Australia and some of the unbearable consequences.
“There are so many hard-wired ideas we’ve grown up with that we’re realising are unacceptable,” Keddie said of the new series. “I have four and nine-year-old sons, and the world that they are navigating is vastly different from the one I grew up in. I think The Hunting and the conversations it will inevitably ignite are really necessary, to stay on the front foot and to help raise emotionally intelligent, respectful human beings”
Richard Roxburgh added, “Any parent will be aware of the new pressures of dealing with the conundrums of social media once your children can go down the rabbit hole of accessible internet.”
SBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald said, “Tightly paced and gripping, The Huntingunpicks the choices of four diverse teens with compassion and humanity. This provocative modern drama will force audiences to face uncomfortable questions about social media and our online lives, and where consent and trust fit into this. This is vital viewing for anyone with a teenager in their life.”
Also starring in the new SBS drama are Sam Reid (Bloom, Lambs of God), Jessica De Gouw (Arrow, Deadline Gallipoli), Luca Sardelis (Nowhere Boys, Deadlock), Yazeed Daher (The Heights, Safe Harbour), and newcomers Kavitha Anandasivam and Alex Cusack. The Hunting’s ensemble cast includes Pamela Rabe (Wentworth), Leah Vandenberg (The Letdown), Rodney Afif (Ali’s Wedding), Sachin Joab (Lion) Elena Carapetis (Look Both Ways) and Anna Lindner(Wolf Creek TV).
Watch the trailer below:
The Hunting is created by Sophie Hyde (Animals, 52 Tuesdays) and Matthew Cormack (52 Tuesdays, F*!#ing Adelaide), directed by Ana Kokkinos (Mustangs FC, Seven Types of Ambiguity) and Sophie Hyde, and produced by Rebecca Summerton (Animals, F*!#ing Adelaide), Sophie Hyde and Lisa Scott (Pine Gap, Janet King).
The series is written by Matthew Cormack and Niki Aken (The Secret Daughter, Janet King), executive produced by Sue Masters (SBS). Director of Photography is Bonnie Elliott (Palm Beach, Romper Stomper) and Editor is Bryan Mason (Animals, 52 Tuesdays).
The four-part drama series from Adelaide’s Closer Productions airs on SBS and SBS On Demand on August 1 at 8:30 pm.