Amazon Prime Video Takes U.S. Rights to Australian Drama ‘The Kettering Incident’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough

Amazon Prime Video has acquired exclusive U.S. rights from BBC Worldwide North America to season one of Australian drama “The Kettering Incident.” The show, which stars Elizabeth Debicki (“The Night Manager”) and Matthew Le Nevez (“Offspring”), will be available to Amazon subscribers from Sept. 30.

“The Kettering Incident,” which won the Special Jury Prize at the Series Mania Festival in Paris, was co-created by Tasmanian writer Victoria Madden (Lynda La Plante’s “Trial and Retribution,” “The Bill,” “Halifax FP”) and producer Vincent Sheehan (“Animal Kingdom,” “The Hunter,” “The Rover”), and shot entirely in Tasmania.

The series tells the story of Anna Macy (Debicki), a doctor who left the town of Kettering when she was 14, shortly after her best friend disappeared while they were playing in the forest. “Anna returns 15 years later to a town struggling to survive — torn apart by clashes between environmentalists and loggers. Anna’s reappearance causes a stir. Theories and rumors persist about what really happened to the girls that night — from Anna killing her best friend to alien abduction. Then another girl disappears. Anna is drawn to discover what really happened, uncovering secrets buried deep in her mind and the heart of Kettering and its people,” according to a press statement.

“Following the successful launch of ‘The Kettering Incident’ in Australia, we are now bringing the mystery drama exclusively to Amazon Prime Video for U.S. audiences to enjoy,” said Matt Forde, exec VP, content production, sales and distribution, BBC Worldwide North America. “Amazon is already home to two of our most beloved programs, ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Orphan Black,’ and we believe it is the perfect place for this rarefied story as it ventures into American homes.”

The cast includes Henry Nixon, Anthony Phelan, Damon Gameau, Damien Garvey, Sacha Horler, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Ben Oxenbould, Suzi Dougherty, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Dylan Young and Neil Pigot. Tasmanian actors featuring in the series including Alison Whyte, Kris McQuade, Brad Kannegiesser, Katie Robertson, Marcus Hensley, Nathan Spencer and Matt Burton.

The show, which was commissioned by Foxtel, is produced by Porchlight Films in association with Sweet Potato Films, with Vincent Sheehan, Victoria Madden, and Andy Walker as producers. Madden is also showrunner, and her fellow writers are Andrew Knight, Cate Shortland and Louise Fox. Rowan Woods and Tony Krawitz direct. The executive producers are Foxtel head of drama Penny Win, Liz Watts, and Anita Sheehan.

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