Stan has today announced that its powerful new Stan Original Series ROMPER STOMPER will premiere exclusively on Stan on January 1, 2018, with all 6 episodes releasing at once.
A high stakes crime drama, ROMPER STOMPER picks up on the themes and story of Geoffrey Wright’s groundbreaking and controversial 1992 film. Twenty five years on, the six-part drama follows a new generation of the activist Right, their Anti-Fascist counterparts and three young Lebanese Muslims caught between the conflict.
To accompany the announcement, Stan has unveiled the launch trailer, key art and full selection of images, almost 25 years to the day that the original film hit Australian cinemas (12 November, 1992).
The six-part thriller brings the battle of opposing views into the modern-day context where hard right agitators have traded swastikas for the southern cross. Told from multiple points of view, ROMPER STOMPER eerily echoes recent events and groups currently active in Melbourne and Australia. Set in the present day, it deals with political and social issues and highlights the shift of extremism from the fringe to the suburbs.
The outstanding ensemble cast includes Lachy Hulme (Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story, Beaconsfield), David Wenham (Lion, Top of the Lake, Killing Time), Jacqueline McKenzie (The Water Diviner, Love Child, Romper Stomper), Dan Wyllie (Love My Way, Puberty Blues) Toby Wallace (Boys In The Trees), Lily Sullivan (Jungle, Galore, forthcoming Picnic at Hanging Rock), Sophie Lowe (The Beautiful Lie, The Slap), Nicole Chamoun (Kick, forthcoming Safe Harbour) and Julian Maroun (Janet King, Cleverman).
Behind the scenes Geoffrey Wright (Romper Stomper, Metal Skin, Macbeth), Daina Reid (The Secret River, Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS, Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War), and New Zealander James Napier Robertson (The Dark Horse) each share directing duties.
The 6 x 1 hour drama is written by Wright, Robertson, award-winning author/poet and rapper Omar Musa (Here Come the Dogs), and Walkley Award-winning journalist and author Malcolm Knox (Jamaica, The Life, The Wonder Lover). .
ROMPER STOMPER is produced by multi award-wining veteran producer John Edwards (Love My Way, Puberty Blues, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo) and Dan Edwards for Roadshow Rough Diamond with major production investment from Stan and Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria, and international distribution by DCD Rights.
Nick Forward, Stan’s Chief Content Officer said “25 years ago, ROMPER STOMPER changed Australian cinema forever, and Geoffrey, John and the rest of the team have done an incredible job continuing that story in a fresh and contemporary way. Romper Stomper shines a light on the alienated and fractured members of modern society, and the day to day realities of racism and bigotry in Australia.”
“Without doubt ROMPER STOMPER will make for confronting viewing, at a time when ignoring the dark side of nationalism is no longer an option,” said Sally Caplan, Head of Production at Screen Australia. “Stan and the team from Roadshow Rough Diamond have gone to extraordinary lengths to craft a premium drama that is gripping in its authenticity.”
“Dan drove the idea of teaming Geoffrey with our most accomplished and successful drama director Daina Reid, and the very exciting young New Zealand director James Napier Robertson, as well as screenwriting newcomers Malcolm Knox and Omar Musa, and first-time drama series composer Richard Pike – the result is a kind of alchemy,” said producer John Edwards.