Rebecca Gibney, Anthony LaPaglia and Claudia Karvan star in the premiere of HALIFAX: Retributionon Tuesday, August 25, at 8.45pm on Nine and 9Now.
Gibney will reprise her role as forensic psychiatrist Jane Halifax, alongside Anthony LaPaglia as Inspector Tom Saracen, who heads up Task Force Stingray, and Claudia Karvan as Mandy, the troubled ex of Jane’s partner.
Jane Halifax is at the top of her game of forensic psychiatry. Now an internationally renowned professor with a blissful home life, Halifax has left the traumas and stresses of frontline policing behind.
But when a sniper begins to terrorise the city, the police are desperate. With the death toll rising, Inspector Tom Saracen needs the best people and persuades Halifax to join his Task Force. But is she prepared for the secrets the investigation will reveal? While she profiles a killer no one can see, Jane finds herself in the sniper’s sights – this one is personal.
The cast includes Mandy McElhinney (Love Child, The House of Hancock) as the Minister for Police, Craig Hall (A Place to Call Home, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Catching Milat) who plays Ben, Jane’s long-term partner, and Mavournee Hazel (Neighbours, My Life Is Murder) as Zoe, Ben’s wild child and Jane’s stepdaughter.
They join Rick Donald (800 Words, A Place to Call Home, Wentworth), Ming-Zhu Hii (Offspring, Party Tricks), Ben O’Toole (The Water Diviner, Love Child), Mark Coles Smith (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Last Cab to Darwin), Hannah Monson (Glitch) and Michala Banas (Upper Middle Bogan, Bad Mothers, McLeod’s Daughters).
HALIFAX: Retribution also features guest performances from Jacqueline McKenzie (Safe Harbour, Romper Stomper, Pine Gap), Louisa Mignone (Secret City: Under the Eagle, Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, Rake), Stephen Curry (The Castle, The King, Hounds of Love), John Waters (Mystery Road, Rake, Offspring) and Luke Ford (Animal Kingdom, Red Dog, McLeod’s Daughters).
Roger Simpson, the creator of the original Halifax f.p. telemovies whose other productions including Stingers, Satisfaction and Good Guys, Bad Guys, returns as writer and producer of HALIFAX: Retribution, with producer Louisa Kors (The Dressmaker, Mystery Road S1, cloudstreet) and executive producers Rebecca Gibney, Mikael Borglund, Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney.
HALIFAX: Retribution is a Beyond Lonehand Production for Nine, with major production investment from Screen Australia. The series was filmed in Melbourne with support from Film Victoria’s Production Incentive Attraction Fund.
As Jane Halifax returns to the screen in Halifax: Retribution, Mediaweek’s James Manning and Andrew Mercado hear all about the production from star Rebecca Gibney and creator of the original Halifax f.p. telemovies Roger Simpson. Listen here