PRI­VATE HELL

AMID THE IN­TENSE SE­CRECY OVER TED’S DEATH IN AFGHANISTAN, PRI­VATE Jar­rod Vo­gel MAY BE THE ONE TO UN­LOCK THE MYSTERY

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Young Jar­rod may hold the clue to his CO’s demise

Lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion have long de­fined 19-year-old Pri­vate Jar­rod Vo­gel’s life. Raised in the well-heeled sur­rounds of Syd­ney’s North Shore as the pam­pered son of a doc­tor mother and lawyer fa­ther, and with an older brother in Europe, Jar­rod’s much spent much of his life on his own. Fresh out of school, he was a lit­tle in­tense and was ex­pected to make con­ser­va­tive choices in life, in­clud­ing go­ing to univer­sity. In­stead, he opted to join the army. Even with the com­pany of the oth­ers in his pla­toon, Jar­rod still felt like a square peg shoved into a round hole.

Re­turn­ing home from Afghanistan in the wake of Ted’s (Ewen Leslie) death, Jar­rod (Ge­orge Pullar) re­turns to a world and a life­style that’s rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent from his com­rades’. Clearly, his pla­toon leader’s death has af­fected him, but as he works through his grief over the in­ci­dent, he slowly re­alises there’s much more to what hap­pened than he ini­tially thought.

“He was the one wear­ing hel­met [cam­era] footage dur­ing Ted’s death in Afghanistan, and for other rea­sons he ends up go­ing back to that footage and see­ing some­thing he’s missed, and he be­comes sus­pi­cious of the mo­ti­va­tions be­hind Ted’s death,” Ge­orge says.

Be­liev­ing that an­other mem­ber of the team just might’ve had some­thing to do with it, Jar­rod be­gins in­ves­ti­gat­ing his sus­pi­cions but strug­gles to con­vince peo­ple of what he thinks is the truth. In do­ing so, his frus­tra­tions mount be­cause his need to do the right thing is clouded by oth­ers’ con­stant doubts over the in­for­ma­tion he’s un­earthing.

“He finds him­self in a po­si­tion where he doesn’t be­long any­where. He’s got his old mates at home he doesn’t re­ally fit in with, his new army mates don’t want him speak­ing out, so he ends up feel­ing quite lonely and iso­lated,” Ge­orge ex­plains.

On a one-man mis­sion to ex­pose the facts be­hind the tragedy and the ap­par­ent cover-up shroud­ing it, Jar­rod knows he’ll have to rely on his strong con­vic­tions to get the an­swers he wants – and the jus­tice that Ted de­serves so he can rest in peace.

FIGHT­ING SEA­SON SUN­DAYS 8.30PM ON FOX SHOW­CASE What re­ally hap­pened to Ted (Ewen Leslie)?

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