Bali 2002 starring Rachel Griffiths starts production

The four-part series, based on the 2002 terrorist attacks in Bali, will premiere on Stan later this year.
Claudia Jessie, Rachel Griffiths and Richard Roxburgh will starBali 2002. Image: Stan.

Production is underway on the upcoming Stan Original and 9Network co-commissioned series Bali 2002 – with the four-part series set to premiere later this year on Stan.

Based on the 2002 terrorist attacks on Bali’s tourist hotspots, Bali 2002 has been described as ‘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.’

The four-part series is produced by Screentime and Endemol Shine Australia, with major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Screen NSW.

The cast will be led by AACTA Award-winners Rachel Griffiths (Total Control) and Richard Roxburgh (Rake),Bali 2002 stars Claudia Jessie (Bridgerton), Sean Keenan (Stan Original Film Nitram), Ewen Leslie (Stan Original Series The Gloaming) and Arka Das (upcoming Stan Original Film The Portable Door), alongside a diverse group of Australian and Balinese actors, including Anthony Wong (Stan Original Series The Commons), Paul Ayre (Soul Mates), Maleeka Gasbari (The Heights), Gerwin Widjaja (The Code), Sri Ayu Jati Kartika and more.

Developed in consultation with those directly impacted by the tragedy, Bali 2002 marks the first original drama series co-commission between 9Network and Stan. 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. AACTA Award-winner Peter Andrikidis (Stan Original Series Eden) and Katrina Irawati Graham (upcoming Siti Rubiyah) will direct the series.

Produced by Kerrie Mainwaring (Stan Original Series Wolf Creek) for Screentime, Tim Pye executive produces, alongside Sara Richardson for Endemol Shine Australia, Michael Healy and Andy Ryan for the 9Network and Cailah Scobie and Amanda Duthie for Stan.

Stan Chief Content Officer Cailah Scobie said the project had been developed in collaboration with creatives from Australia and Indonesia, and in consultation with those directly impacted by the terrorist bombings in 2002 in which more than 200 people lost their lives, including 88 Australians. ‘Bali 2002 promises to be a powerful, inspiring and sensitively told drama series that pays respect to everyday heroes from Australia, Bali and beyond. We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with the teams at the 9Network, Screentime and Endemol Shine Australia on the project.’

Bali 2002 will premiere later this year on Stan.

Paul Dalgarno writes novels: A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); memoir: And You May Find Yourself (2015); and creative non-fiction: Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. Twitter: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @narrativefriction