Stan Original Bali 2002: Production launch of Stan’s inspirational new drama series, Bali 2002

Production has begun on the upcoming series co-commissioned by Stan Original and 9Network, Bali 2002.

The four-part series is an inspirational drama focusing on the October 12, 2002 terrorist attacks on hot spots in Bali and will premiere later this year, only on Stan.

The island paradise was shattered that October night when two of Kuta Beach’s busiest nightclubs, Paddy’s Pub and Sari Club, came under attack in which bombs exploded, killing 202 people.

Local Balinese, Australian and British tourists rushed to rescue the injured and comfort the dying. Australian and Indonesian authorities mobilized to evacuate survivors, identify victims and investigate what really happened.

Amidst this chaos, heroes are born from the most unlikely places and cultures, united in the search for healing, justice and meaning.

The powerful series will mark the 20th anniversary of the tragedy and explore how these everyday heroes from Bali, Australia and beyond defied the odds of chaos and returned from despair.

The series features a diverse multinational cast of Australian and Indonesian actors led by AACTA award winner Rachel Griffiths (Total control) and Richard Roxburgh (Rake).

Claudia Jesse, Rachel Griffiths and Richard Roxburgh perform at Bali 2002. (Stan)

It also stars Claudia Jessie (Bridgerton), Sean Keenan (original film by Stan Nitram), Ewen Leslie (Stan Original Series The Glowing) and Arka Das (upcoming Stan Original Film The portable door), alongside a diverse cast of Australian and Balinese actors, including Anthony Wong (Stan Original Series The cities), Paul Ayre (Soulmates), Maleeka Gasbari (Heights), Gerwin Widjaja (The code), Sri Ayu Jati Kartika and more.

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The series was developed in consultation with those directly affected by the tragedy. Bali 2002 marks the first original drama series co-order between 9Network and Stan.

“It is a privilege for 9Network and Stan to mark the 20th anniversary of the Bali bombings with this historic drama,” said Healy, Nine’s television director. “The Bali bombings marked 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 the first of many co-commissions between 9Network and Stan , and we look forward to making more announcements about these collaborations in the months ahead.”

The series is written by Justin Monjo (storm boy), Kris Wyld (Impulse), Marcia Gardner (Wentworth) and emerging screenwriter Michael Toisuta, along with Balinese writer, actor and musician Ketut Yuliarsa (Janggan) as editor-in-chief. Peter Andrikidis, winner of the AACTA award (Stan Original Series Eden) and Katrina Irawati Graham (coming soon) Siti Rubiyah) will lead the series.

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Produced by Kerrie Mainwaring (Stan Original Series wolf creek) for Screentime, Tim Pye executive produces, alongside Sara Richardson for Endemol Shine Australia, Healy and Andy Ryan for the 9Network, and Cailah Scobie and Amanda Duthie for Stan.

The series is produced by Screentime and Endemol Shine Australia, with major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Screen NSW.

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