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FIRST LOOK | Claudia Jessie, Rachel Griffiths and Richard Roxburgh star in powerful new drama BALI 2002

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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 in the immediate aftermath of the 2002 Bali bombings.

On 12th October 2002, the island of Bali was shattered by a terrorist attack on two of Kuta Beach’s busiest nightclubs.

Local Balinese and the mainly Australian and British tourists scrambled to rescue the injured and comfort the dying. Australian and Indonesian authorities mobilised to evacuate survivors, identify victims and investigate what really took place.

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Amidst this chaos, heroes arose from the most unlikely places and people united in the search for healing, justice and meaning. Victims struggled to rebuild their broken lives as the Indonesian and Australian security forces faced a clear and present danger – working together to capture the terrorists before they could strike again.

Bali 2002 is a co-commission between Stan and the 9Network and features an impressive ensemble cast led by Claudia Jessie as British tourist Polly Miller, Rachel Griffiths as burns specialist Dr Fiona Wood, Richard Roxburgh as Australian Federal Police Commander Graham Ashton and Sean Keenan as AFL star Jason McCartney.

The series also stars a diverse cast of Australian and International actors, including Srisacd SacdpraseuthSri Ayu Jati KartikaEwen Leslie (Stan Original Series The Gloaming), Elizabeth Cullen (The Bureau of Magical Things), Sophia Forrest (Barons), Saskia Archer (The Reef: Stalked), Arka Das (upcoming Stan Original Film The Portable Door), William Lodder (Wakefield), Anthony Wong (Stan Original Series The Commons) and more.

  • Bali_Day2_Ep1_Natalie Goold (Sophia Forrest) & Nicole McLean (Elizabeth Cullen) (image - Stan)
  • Bali_Ali (Thuso Lekwape), Polly Miller (Claudia Jessie) & Jono (William Lodder) in The Sari Club (image - Stan)
  • Dr Fiona Wood (Rachel Griffiths) & Joy Fong (Renee Lim) (image - Stan)
  • Bali_Day1Graham Ashton (Richard Roxburgh) & General Pastika (Srisacd Sacdpraseuth) (image - Stan)
  • Bali_Polly Miller (Claudia Jessie) & James (Tom Golding) arrive in Bali (image - Stan)

Developed in consultation with those directly impacted by the tragedy, the series is written by Justin Monjo (Storm Boy), Kris Wyld (Pulse), Marcia Gardner (Wentworth) and emerging screenwriter Michael Toisuta  with Balinese writer, actor and musician Ketut Yuliarsa (Janggan) as story editor. Directed by Peter Andrikidis (Stan Original Series Eden) and Co-directed by Katrina Irawati Graham (upcoming Siti Rubiyah).

Produced by Kerrie Mainwaring (Stan Original Series Wolf Creek) for Screentime, Co-Produced by Peter Andrikidis (Stan Original Series Eden) with executive producers Tim Pye and Sara Richardson for Endemol Shine Australia, Amanda Duthie and Cailah Scobie for Stan and Andy Ryan and Michael Healy for the 9Network.

The Stan Original Series Bali 2002 is produced by Screentime and Endemol Shine Australia, Banijay companies, along with major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Screen NSW. Banijay Rights is responsible for international distribution of Bali 2002.

The Stan original series Bali 2002 premieres 25 September, with all episodes available at once, only on Stan.

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  1. Who is Jono Liddell in this series and his friend Dani Maestri? I can’t find anything online about who they were. Jono was a surfer in the series who ends up dying but then he isn’t listed on the official death toll listing either? I started wondering if he was a fictional character portraying a typical back packer.

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