Ana Kokkinos joins all-female directing team for new drama ‘Here Out West’


Greek Australian, Ana Kokkinos, will join Leah Purcell, Julie Kalceff, Fadia Abboud and Lucy Gaffy to direct anthology feature drama Here Out West, which is set to broadcast on ABC in 2021.

Here Out West is currently shooting in Sydney and was penned by eight emerging writers – Nisrine Amine, Bina Bhattacharya, Matias Bolla, Claire Cao, Arka Das, Dee Dogan, Vonne Patiag and Tien Tran.

The plot follows the desperate kidnapping of a baby from hospital, which sets off a chain of events that bring together complete strangers over the course of one dramatic day.

Newcomers Khoi Trinh, Jaime Ureta and De Lovan Zandy will star alongside DasGeneviève Lemon, Rahel Romahn and Leah Vandenberg.

Here Out West’ writers (top to bottom, L-R): Nisrine Amine, Matias Bolla, Dee Dogan, Vonne Patiag, Claire Cao, Arka Das, Bina Bhattacharya and Tien Tran.

The overall production is a result of Co-Curious’ Behind Closed Doors initiative which connects new voices to experienced talent, backed by Screen Australia and Screen NSW.

Head of Screen NSW, Grainne Brunsdon, said Here Out West will represent people from all areas and diverse backgrounds.

“Screen NSW is proud to support new voices and contemporary, original work with Here Out West. Western Sydney is home to a high calibre of emerging talent with a number of first-time screenwriters bringing this story to life,” Ms Brunsdon said in a statement.

“We are committed to representing all areas, diverse backgrounds and people across the state on our screens, so I am thrilled Here Out West will showcase the multi-faceted communities of Western Sydney when filming on location.”




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