Banijay to distribute Stan's original series, "Bali 2002"

Production has began for the Screentime and Endemol Shine Australia production, which serves as the first the first original drama series co-commission between 9Network and Stan.

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Stan and the 9Network confirmed the start of production for Stan Original and 9Network's co-commissioned series, "Bali 2002." “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 We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with the teams at the 9Network, Screentime and Endemol Shine Australia on the project.”

The Stan Original Series is produced by Screentime and Endemol Shine Australia, with major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Screen NSW. Banijay Rights is responsible for international distribution of the title.“It is a privilege for the 9Network and Stan to mark the 20th anniversary of the Bali bombings with this landmark drama," Nine Director of Television Michael Healy said. "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. Bali 2002 is first of many co-commissions between 9Network and Stan, and we look forward to making more announcements on these collaborations in the coming months.”

Developed in consultation with those directly impacted by the tragedy, "Bali 2002" marks the first original drama series co-commission between 9Network and Stan. The series is written by Justin Monjo, Kris Wyld, Marcia Gardner and emerging screenwriter Michael Toisuta – with Balinese writer, actor and musician Ketut Yuliarsa (Janggan) as story editor. AACTA Award-winner Peter Andrikidis and Katrina Irawati Graham will direct the series. Produced by Kerrie Mainwaring  for Screentime, Tim Pye executive produces, alongside Sara Richardson for Endemol Shine Australia, Michael Healy and Andy Ryan for the 9Network and Amanda Duthie and Cailah Scobie for Stan. On October 12, 2002, the island paradise of Bali was shattered by a terrorist attack on two of Kuta Beach’s busiest nightclubs.

Based on the 2002 terrorist attacks on Bali’s tourist hotspots, "Bali 2002" is 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 four-part series is produced by Screentime and Endemol Shine Australia, with major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Screen NSW. Featuring a stellar cast led by AACTA Award-winners Rachel Griffiths and Richard Roxburgh, Bali 2002 stars Claudia Jessie, Sean Keenan. “While the devastating impact from this tragedy is still felt by so many twenty years on, Bali 2002 is an opportunity to tell a version of the story that memorialises and honours victims, survivors and their families," Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said. "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.”

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 We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with the teams at the 9Network, Screentime and Endemol Shine Australia on the project.”

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