LANG­FORD A REA­SON TO WATCH

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - FRONT PAGE -

KATHER­INE Lang­ford may not yet be a house­hold name, but by week’s end, TV Guide pre­dicts she will be the girl the TV world is talk­ing about.

The Perth ac­tor (right), in her first act­ing role, stars in new Net­flix se­ries 13 Rea­sons Why, which will un­de­ni­ably launch her ca­reer.

Lang­ford, 20, plays high school stu­dent Han­nah, who takes her own life – but not be­fore leav­ing be­hind a box of cas­settes doc­u­ment­ing her death and point­ing the fin­ger at those she ac­cuses of con­tribut­ing to it.

It is ex­plicit in its treat­ment of teen sui­cide, sex­ual as­sault and grief; and parental guid­ance is rec­om­mended.

The 13-part se­ries cel­e­brates its “un­bri­dled au­then­tic­ity” rather than re­coils from it. Cre­ator Brian Yorkey praised the courage of the young cast, espe­cially Lang­ford, who worked with med­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal ex­perts to “help us ac­cu­rately por­tray th­ese events and en­sure we were be­ing truth­ful to the ‘how’ and ‘why’ th­ese kinds of things hap­pen”.

“Such huge re­spon­si­bil­i­ties on the shoul­ders of such young peo­ple,” Yorkey says.

“It was im­por­tant for us not to look away from the most dif­fi­cult mo­ments.

“It was not easy … but we hope it will mat­ter.”

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