TEEN DRAMA ON MES­SAGE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

THERE’S no doubt­ing the re­mark­able tal­ents of the lead ac­tors in this im­pres­sive new lo­cal drama se­ries, which I pre­dict will press the but­tons of ev­ery par­ent in Aus­tralia as it ex­plores the dangers of teenage sex­ting. But it’s the young cast in this so­phis­ti­cated story who de­liver and mark them­selves as stars to watch. New­comer Kavitha Anan­da­si­vam (pic­tured), who plays Amandip, or “Dip” for short, had me locked on to her ev­ery move, an ex­cit­ing discovery by the pro­duc­ers and a young star to watch. Also mak­ing his de­but is Alex Cu­sack, whose dy­namism and easy charm on-screen as Andy, the son of Asher Ked­die and Richard Roxburgh’s char­ac­ters, shows his great po­ten­tial and a ca­reer ready to ex­plode. It is great to see Ked­die and Rox re­unite and they have lost none of their own chemistry which made the Hawke tele­movie such a siz­zling hit when they played Bob Hawke and Blanche d’Alpuget back in 2010. Pamela Rabe is back to her men­ac­ing best as Prin­ci­pal De Rossi. Sam Reid, the man of the mo­ment in Lambs ofGod (Fox Show­case), is so very watch­able, with Robert Red­ford good looks and act­ing chops too. The pace and punch of this re­minded me of the bril­liant ABC se­ries, TheSlap, with all the same jeop­ardy and social drama height­en­ing tensions for the au­di­ence. It will hope­fully start a valuable con­ver­sa­tion.

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