BBC Three has acquired Stan original drama Romper Stomper. The six-part contemporary thriller was acquired from DCD Rights and will air on the UK channel in 2018.
Romper Stomper follows a new generation of far right activists, the anti-fascist counterparts who intend to bring them down, and its impact on Australia’s multicultural society.
Nicky Davies Williams, CEO at DCD Rights, says: “I’m delighted to confirm this key deal for Romper Stomper in the UK, fresh from its record-breaking launch on Australian streaming service Stan. Set amid the fast-moving world of political tribes and extremes, Romper Stomper combines an atmospheric, character-driven contemporary drama with an incredibly original political thriller that approaches this complex globally relevant issue from all perspectives.”
Nick Forward, Stan’s chief content officer, said: “Romper Stomper was brought to the screen by a world-class team telling an Australian story while also addressing important contemporary and global themes. Stan customers have embraced the show in record numbers and we look forward to viewers in the UK experiencing it on the BBC.”
The series is written and directed by Geoffrey Wright, alongside director Daina Reid (The Secret River), writer/director James Napier Robertson (The Dark Horse), and writers Omar Musa and Malcolm Knox.
A Stan Original Series, Romper Stomper is a Roadshow Rough Diamond production with production investment from Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria, and international distribution by DCD Rights.
The 6×60 series is produced by John Edwards (Love My Way, The Secret Life of Us, Howzat!, Tangle, Police Rescue) and Dan Edwards and will air on BBC Three later this year.
Photo: David Wenham in Rompter Stomper (c Ben King)