ABC launching Matchbox Pictures’ Arcadia Heights this February

• The Heights is produced by Matchbox Pictures and For Pete’s Sake Productions

ABC’s The Heights will take viewers into the inner-city neighbourhood of Arcadia Heights next month when it launches on ABC on Friday, 22 February at 8.30pm (AEDT).

Viewers can enjoy double episodes every Friday or binge as many episodes as they like, with all 30 episodes available on ABC iview following the launch broadcast.

From the producers of The Slap and Barracuda, The Heights is a charming and entertaining serial drama exploring the relationships between the residents of the Arcadia social housing tower and the people who live in the rapidly gentrifying community that surrounds it.

The ensemble cast includes Shari Sebbens (The Sapphires, Thor: Ragnarok), Marcus Graham (Secret City, Cleverman) and Roz Hammond (Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell). Also on board are Phoenix Raei (Romper Stomper, Mustangs FC), Yazeed Daher (Safe Harbour), Bridie McKim, Callen Tassone (Red Dog) and Carina Hoang.

Shot in Western Australia, The Heights provided a huge boost to the local television industry, employing nearly 100 local crew and casting 93 speaking and extras roles, including several first-time actors, writers and directors.

The Heights is produced by Matchbox Pictures and For Pete’s Sake Productions for ABC and developed and produced with the assistance of ABC in association with Screenwest, Lotterywest and NBCUniversal. International sales will be handled by NBCUniversal Distribution.

The Heights has been created in-house at Matchbox Pictures by Warren Clarke (Mustangs FC) and co-creator Que Minh Luu.

Produced by Peta Astbury-Bulsara (The Marriage of Figaro, Almost Midnight) and Warren Clarke (Mustangs FC).

Executive produced by Debbie Lee for Matchbox Pictures and Sally Riley and Que Minh Luu for the ABC.

Directed by James Bogle (WhiteleyClosed For WinterLockie Leonard), Andrew Prowse (FarscapeHome and AwayUnderbellyRush), Renee Webster (Marx and Venus) and Darlene Johnson (Stolen Generations).

Written by Warren Clarke, Romina Accurso, Hannah Carroll Chapman, Peter Mattessi, Megan Palinkas, Nick King, Mithila Gupta, Tracey Defty-Rashid, Magda Wozniak, Miley Tunnecliffe, Katherine Beckett, Dot West, Larissa Behrendt and Melissa Lee Speyer.

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