Stan has announced that a four-part series based on the Bali bombings is in production and is slated to be released later this year.
Titled Bali 2002, the show boasts an impressive, all-star cast led by Rachel Griffiths, who you’ll remember from Muriel’s Wedding and Six Feet Under, and Richard Roxburgh, who you’ll remember from Moulin Rouge! and Rake.
Co-starring will be Bridgerton‘s Claudia Jessie, Nitram‘s Sean Keenan, The Gloaming‘s Ewen Leslie, as well as Arka Das, Anthony Wong, Paul Ayre, Maleeka Gasbari, Gerwin Widjaja and Sri Ayu Jati Kartika.
The announcement for the show states that the series is “based on the 2002 terrorist attacks on Bali’s tourist hotspots” and will be “an inspiring drama that explores how everyday heroes from Bali, Australia and beyond defied the odds to bring order from chaos and hope from despair”.
The Bali bombings were a terrorist attack that occurred on October 12, 2002, killing 202 people, 88 of whom were Australian, and injuring hundreds more.
The terrorists targeted tourist hotspots, attacking two of Kuta Beach’s busiest nightclubs.
Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason called the series “an opportunity to tell a version of the story that memorialises and honours victims, survivors and their families”.
Mason continued: “Screen Australia is proud to support the diverse creative team from both Indonesia and Australia, who are set to bring us an emotional yet premium Australian drama that will showcase and remind us of people’s humanity and courage.”
Bali 2002 will be produced by Screentime and Endemol Shine Australia, with major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Screen NSW.
“Developed in collaboration with world-class creatives from Australia and Indonesia, and in consultation with those directly impacted, Bali 2002 promises to be a powerful, inspiring and sensitively told drama series that pays respect to everyday heroes from Australia, Bali and beyond,” said Stan Chief Content Officer Cailah Scobie.
Bali 2002 will be the first original drama series co-commissioned by Stan and 9, which Nine Director of Television, Michael Healy, called “a privilege”.
“The Bali bombings were a turning point in Australian and Indonesian history and we are proud to have such an outstanding multinational cast and creative team on this project,” said Healy.
Bali 2002 is currently in production and will premiere later this year on Stan.