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From award-winning production company Easy Tiger and starring Luke Arnold and Bella Heathcote with Jay Ryan, the four-part Stan Original Series Scrublands premieres November 16, all episodes at once and only on Stan.


October 4 2023 – Stan, Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions, today announced the trailer, premiere date and first look images for the Stan Original Series Scrublands, premiering November 16, only on Stan. Based on the award-winning novel written by Chris Hammer, Scrublands is an Easy Tiger production co-commissioned by Stan and the 9Network, in association with VicScreen and Abacus Media Rights.

To watch and share the trailer click here: https://youtu.be/bGTws8CZOt4

Starring Luke Arnold (Black Sails, Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS) and Bella Heathcote (Stan Original Series C*A*U*G*H*T, Stan Original Film Relic) with Jay Ryan (It Chapter Two, Top of the Lake), the Stan Original Series Scrublands is a captivating crime drama based on the award-winning novel written by Chris Hammer.

L to R: Luke Arnold as Martin Scarsden, Adam Zwar as Constable Robbie Haus-Jones
L to R: Luke Arnold as Martin Scarsden, Adam Zwar as Constable Robbie Haus-Jones

The series is set in Riversend, an isolated and struggling country town in rural Victoria, where charismatic and dedicated young priest Byron Swift (Jay Ryan) calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners. 

One year later investigative journalist Martin Scarsden (Luke Arnold) arrives in Riversend to write what should be a simple feature story on the anniversary of the tragedy. But Martin finds a town deeply scarred and hostile to journalists - local bookstore owner Mandy Bond (Bella Heathcote), Constable Robbie Haus-Jones (Adam Zwar) and widow of one of the massacre victims, Fran Landers (Victoria Thaine) give him short shrift. When Martin’s investigative instincts kick in and he digs beneath the surface, the previously accepted narrative begins to fall apart and he finds himself in a life and death race to uncover the truth.

Jay Ryan as Byron Swift
Jay Ryan as Byron Swift

Scrublands marks the second co-commission between 9Network and Stan following the Stan Original Series Bali 2002, an inspiring drama exploring how everyday heroes from Bali, Australia and beyond, defied the odds to bring order from chaos and hope from despair.

Bella Heathcote as Mandy Bond
Bella Heathcote as Mandy Bond

The cast also includes Robert Taylor (The Newsreader), Adam Zwar (Squinters), Zane Ciarma (Neighbours), Victoria Thaine (Nowhere Boys), Stacy Clausen (True Spirit), Genevieve Morris (Stan Original Series No Activity) and newcomer Ella Ferris.

The Stan Original Series Scrublands is directed by Greg McLean, written by Felicity Packard, Kelsey Munro and Jock Serong, produced by Ian Collie, Rob Gibson, David Redman, Felicity Packard for Easy Tiger Productions, with Executive Producers Michael Healy and Andy Ryan from the 9Network and Cailah Scobie and Amanda Duthie for Stan. International sales of the series are handled by Abacus Media Rights.

The Stan Original Series Scrublands premieres November 16, all episodes at once and only on Stan. 


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