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Rachel Griffiths takes lead role in new SBS crime thriller Dead Lucky

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Rachel Griffiths
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Internationally acclaimed Australian actress Rachel Griffiths headlines the cast for new SBS crime thriller Dead Lucky, which has started filming in Sydney this week.

Dead Lucky follows two feuding detectives as they hunt down a killer who is leaving a trail of broken lives across Sydney…including their own.

The stellar cast includes: Rachel Griffiths (Muriel’s Wedding, Six Feet Under, Hilary and Jackie) Yoson An (HBO Asia series Grace), the 2017 Heath Ledger Scholarship recipient Mojean Aria (The Bronx Bull), Xana Tang (The Letdown), Aldo Mignone (A Place To Call Home), Anna Samson (Wake In Fright - The Television Series), Ian Meadows (The Wrong Girl, The Moodys), Rhys Muldoon (Fighting Season, House Husbands), Annie Maynard (Upper Middle Bogan, Paper Giants), Brooke Satchwell (Jack Irish, Wonderland), Simon Burke (Devil’s Playground), Sara West (Don’t Tell, Peter Allen: The Boy Next Door), Sarah Thamin (Hyde & Seek), Tessa de Josselin (Holding The Man), Lincoln Younes (Down Under) with Matt Nable (Jasper Jones, Barracuda) and Justine Clarke (Hoges, Red Dog: True Blue).

Dead Lucky is a fast paced crime thriller told from multiple perspectives. Grace Gibbs (Rachel Griffiths) is obsessed with catching the armed robber who murdered her junior officer. Charlie Fung (Yoson An), her new trainee, blames Grace for the death of his best friend. Meanwhile, a share house of international students thinks that they have found paradise. A couple of greedy convenience store owners resort to deadly measures to defend their business. While on the outskirts of the city, a violent fugitive is hiding. Over one week, the paths of these characters collide, leaving two people dead and one missing…

Created and written by Subtext Pictures’ Ellie Beaumont and Drew Proffitt, who are producing with Diane Haddon, Dead Lucky will be directed by award-winning filmmaker David Caesar. Executive producers are Sue Masters for SBS and Ellie Beaumont, Drew Proffitt, Nina Stevenson and Greg Sitch.

Rachel Griffiths said:

“I am thrilled to be starting Dead Lucky with world-class storytellers Ellie Beaumont and Drew Proffitt. To be able to work with our incredible crews and make content here in Sydney that can meet an international market is a dream and privilege.  I am just glad I don’t have to be dead to be so lucky!”


SBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald said:

“Dead Lucky continues SBS’s run of premium, thought-provoking dramas exploring social themes which resonate deeply with Australian audiences. A high-energy crime thriller through the streets of Sydney, the story of Dead Lucky is built on the complexities and tensions in cross-cultural relationships, and particularly delves into the experience of international students and what it means to belong in Australia.

“We are delighted to be working with the team at newly formed Subtext Pictures, who bring their impressive drama credits to this new series.”

The four-part series is set to air on SBS in 2018.