IT IS an exciting time for original Australian dramas and our viewing experience is richer for it.
This year has already seen some big-budget series rivalling the production and writing quality of the US debut on the small screen.
Just last week sci-fi drama Cleverman made a promising debut on the ABC (and on Sundance TV in the US) and political thriller Secret City premiered on Foxtel.
Both boast talented, international casts and while they're by no means perfect, the stories are original and intriguing. I hope both get the green light for a second season.
As we approach the middle of the year there are more exciting shows to come.
This week I got a look at the first two episodes of another big pay-TV drama, The Kettering Incident, at its launch event in Tasmania.
Filmed entirely on location in Hobart, Bruny Island and their surrounds, the eight-part drama is the brainchild of filmmaker Vincent Sheehan (of Animal Kingdom fame) and Tasmanian writer Victoria Madden.
South-eastern Tasmania is perfectly suited to the gothic feel of the show, which Madden said was inspired stylistically by her love for Scandinavian noir.
One thing that struck me while spending the day with the show's cast and crew was how much enthusiasm they have for the project. Yes, of course, they're going to promote their own show but I got a real impression of their love for the story, which blends the traditional mystery and thriller genres with an 'otherworldly' twist.
The drama follows Dr Anna Macy (Elizabeth Debicki), who finds herself inextricably linked to the disappearances of two girls that happened 15 years apart in her hometown.
The Kettering Incident is the first leading role for rising talent Debicki who, since filming, has gone on to star in The Night Manager opposite Tom Hiddleston and Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender.
She's captivating on screen in what must have been a challenging role to portray. It's also nice to see her co-star, Offspring and Love Child heartthrob Matthew Le Nevez, play against type as a dirty cop.
Clearly Foxtel has high hopes for the series as the Showcase channel's new major drama once the sixth season of Game of Thrones finishes.
The Kettering Incident premieres at 8.30pm on July4.
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