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Richard Roxburgh and Susie Porter star in new ABC TV drama series East of Everything

Richard Roxburgh and Susie Porter star in new ABC TV drama series East of Everything

Richard Roxburgh (Blue Murder) and Logie-award winning Susie Porter (RAN) will head a stellar cast in the new ABC TV drama series East of Everything which begins filming in Byron Bay on June 4.

Richard and Susie will be joined by Tom Long (SeaChange, Heroes’ Mountain) and Gia Carides (My Big Fat Greek Wedding).

East of Everything, a 6 x 1 hour series, has been created by writers Deb Cox and Roger Monk. Deb was the co-creator and writer of the enormously successful Australian series Seachange, Simone de Beauvoir’s Babies and After the Deluge; Roger Monk wrote and co-produced the award-winning feature film Walking on Water, and was a writer on The Secret Life of Us. Melbourne producer, Fiona Eagger (CrashBurn, Mallboy and the top-rating telemovie The Society Murders) has been their long-term collaborator and championed their vision to bring this regional series to fruition.

Series directors are Stuart McDonald, whose credits include The Secret Life of Us, SeaChange, MDA and Two Twisted, and Matthew Saville, director of the acclaimed new feature film Noise and the television series We Can be Heroes, The Surgeon and The Secret Life of Us.

Producer, Fiona Eagger, said: 'When Deb and Roger came to me with the idea for East of Everything I jumped at the opportunity to work with them to create something really special for Australian television audiences. It is wonderful to have such a fantastic creative collaboration.'

ABC TV Head of Drama, Miranda Dear, said: 'It’s terrific that Deb is working with ABC TV again. It’s an absolute testament to the strength of the team and story that such an outstanding cast has been attracted to the series.'

The central character in East of Everything is Art Watkins, a man who has spent most of his professional life as a travel writer, wandering the globe in search of paradise. But when his mother dies, Art is summonsed back to the town of Broken Bay and the neglected resort he grew up in with his ‘hippie’ parents at the eastern-most point of the Australian continent. Once more, Art is forced to decide whether to deal with all of life’s glorious complications — or to flee — and as he attempts to unravel the mess of his past, he comes to the ironic realisation that his best hope of happiness is to resurrect the ‘paradise lost’ he left behind.

East of Everything will be produced in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Film Finance Corporation Australia, in association with the New South Wales Film & Television Office.

release from TM Publicity / ABC
May 14, 2007