TEEN DRAMA ON MESSAGE
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.