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Top of the Lake producer See-Saw Films is beginning work on a new Australian drama series staring Frances O’Connor and Dame Harriet Walter for Foxtel and Sky UK.

See Saw Films Rachel Gardner 26 Sept 2018Written by Samantha Strauss, ten-part series The End is about three generations of a family with separate but intersecting obsessions: trying to figure out how to die with dignity, live with none and make it count.

Described by Sky’s Liz Lewin as “thought-provoking, darkly comic and full of heart,” the ten part series, which enters production in Queensland in October, is set to air in Australia and the UK in 2019.

English born, Australian actress, Frances O’Connor plays Dr Kate Brennan, a senior registrar specialising in palliative care and passionately opposed to euthanasia. On the other side of the world, Kate’s mother Edie Henley (Walter) is just as passionate about her right to die. Kate has little choice but to ship Edie out from England and deposit her in a nearby retirement village - Edie’s worst nightmare. While Kate struggles with her own problems, her children are trying to work out who they are, and who they want to be.

“It’s rare to see the complexities of life for middle aged and older women depicted on screen but Sam Strauss has created just that with a group of characters with trials and tribulations that will resonate for all ages - we couldn’t wish for a more wonderful cast to bring these characters and Sam’s startlingly original scripts to life,” said executive producer, See-Saw’s  Rachel Gardner (pictured).

Other actors include Noni Hazlehurst (A Place to Call Home), Robyn Nevin (Top of the Lake), Luke Arnold (Black Sails), John Waters (Offspring), Alex Dimitriades (Secret City), Roy Billing (Rake), Morgana Davies (Devil’s Playground) and Ingrid Torelli (Matilda).

“Commissioning The End was a wonderful opportunity for Foxtel and we’re excited to be collaborating with our colleagues at Sky on this, our joint first co-commission. The End will present a universal story that affects us all, with Sam Strauss’s beautiful storytelling being brought to life by an exceptionally talented cast and crew,” said Penny Win, head of drama, Foxtel.

Frances O’Connor said: “It’s thrilling to be returning home to Australia to be part of such an original series and to be playing a character as complex, interesting and conflicted as Dr Kate Brennan”.

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