Ewen Leslie to star in new Porchlight series for ABC

• Fallout shines a spotlight on a controversial time in Australia’s modern history

Boutique French co-producer and distributor APC Studios has participated in the financing of Porchlight Films’ new drama for ABC Australia, Fallout (working title), and taken worldwide distribution rights to the six-part series, which is set to expose Britain’s atomic past in Australia.

Inspired by true events, Fallout shines a spotlight on a controversial time in Australia’s modern history, the 1950’s British nuclear testing in outback South Australia. This is APC Studios’ first investment in an Australian series and reinforces the company’s strategy of broadening its slate of English-language dramas.

Fallout is written by Australian writer Peter Duncan (Rake) and produced by Porchlight Films’ Vincent Sheehan (The Kettering Incident, Animal Kingdom, Kiki & Kitty) and Tanya Phegan, who co-created the series with Duncan.

Production started this summer on the high profile new project, which is being made with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC and Create NSW and with support from the South Australian Film Corporation. Fallout will air on the ABC in 2020.

Australian actor Ewen Leslie (The Cry, Top of The Lake) will star alongside Jessica de Gouw (Riot, Dracula, Arrow) and Academy Award-nominated James Cromwell (LA Confidential, The Green Mile, Babe) in Fallout.

ABC’s head of scripted production Sally Riley said: “The ABC is incredibly pleased to be reunited with Peter Duncan to work on this excellent new drama series, exploring a vitally important part of Australian history and the long term, devastating ramifications for the local indigenous community.”

Emmanuelle Guilbart and Laurent Boissel, joint-CEOs and co-founders at APC Studios say: “Fallout is a perfect example of the kind of drama we are committed to supporting – a locally grounded story which tackles universal themes and complex characters we know will resonate globally. We are excited to board our first Australian drama alongside world class creatives who we are confident will deliver a powerful series.”

Vincent Sheehan, producer at Porchlight Films added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with APC on Fallout and to be included in their quality catalogue. It was clear from my first conversation with Emmanuelle and Laurent that they appreciated the many layers and bold ambition and were set to embark on a journey with us to share this little known story worldwide.”

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