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NIDA Alumni Filming New ABC Series Plum

NIDA Acting alumni Susie Porter (1995), Janet Anderson (2022), Charlotte Friels (2019), Adolphus Waylee (2021), Josh McConville (2008) join the cast of new ABC Series Plum currently in production.

ABC and Screen Australia recently announced that Brendan Cowell and Asher Keddie have joined forces to star in the powerful six-part drama series Plum, based on Brendan’s novel of the same name.

Filming in the Sutherland Shire, NSW, and premiering on ABC TV and ABC iview in 2025, Plum is produced by Roadshow Rough Diamond and Modern Convict Films. Brendan Cowell is creator and writer, alongside co-writer Fiona Seres (Love My Way, The Great), with Wayne Blair (Total Control, Bay of Fires) and Margie Beattie (Bump) directing.

 Charlotte Friels, Josh McConville and Susie Porter

NIDA Acting alumni Charlotte Friels (2019), Josh McConville (2008) and Susie Porter (1995).

Plum follows Peter ‘The Plum’ Lum (Brendan Cowell), a 49-year-old national football treasure who lives with his son Gavin (Vincent Miller) and girlfriend Charmaine (María Dupláa) in Cronulla. It looks like Plum is living the dream until he discovers he has a brain disorder as result of the hundreds of head knocks and concussions he suffered on the field. The new diagnosis doesn’t receive its intended effect, as Plum would sooner hide, run and head to the pub for drinks with the boys and pretend everything is peaches. But hiding from the truth isn’t easy when your ex-wife (Asher Keddie) cares too much and your son comes to realise the father he worships is falling off his mantle and the game they love might be to blame.

 Adolphus Waylee and Janet Anderson

NIDA alumni Adolphus Waylee (2021) and Janet Anderson ( 2022)

Susie, Janet, Charlotte, Josh and Adolphus join an impressive cast lineup including María Dupláa (The One, Evil Woman), Jemaine Clement (Avatar: The Way of Water, Flight of the Conchords), Crystal Nguyen (Erotic Stories), Talijah Blackman-Corowa (Black Snow), Andy Ryan (Janet King), John Tui (Young Rock, Fast and the Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw), Jenni Baird (The Twelve, A Place to Call Home) and newcomer Vincent Miller.