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Forget Scandi Noir… Aussie Noir rules!  So, what is Aussie Noir?  It’s a match of style with dark and psychologically compelling themes, characters thrown into crisis by unresolved conflicts in their troubled pasts – with crime, alienation and estrangement thrown in. All with an “Aussie flavor”. And there’s a lot of it around in television drama right now; think The Kettering Incident, Glitch and Cleverman to name just a few.    

So the time is right to talk Aussie Noir with three extremely talented creatives from those series: Louise Fox (Glitch, The Kettering Incident), Vicki Madden (The Kettering Incident) and Leah Purcell (Cleverman). We’ll explore the genesis, style and success of each series and talk about what the future of the genre and what else is coming up on the collective slate of our fab panel. 


  • Louise Fox: Creator, Writer -  Glitch    
  • Vicki Madden: Co-Creator, Producer, Showrunner, Head Writer  - The Kettering Incident
  • Leah Purcell: Director, Cleverman
  • MC: Denise Eriksen


Louise Fox was a core member of the writing team on Fast Forward and Full Frontal. She then wrote for the children’s dramas Genie From Down Under and Round The Twist and then moved into adult drama, working on shows such as Always Greener, Fireflies and Rush.

She was a core member of the writing team on Love My Way (winning the AWGIE for Episode 8 of Series 1), Camelot (Starz network), The Kettering Incident, and wrote an episode for the acclaimed ITV drama Broadchurch. Louise spent two years working as a core member of the team writing for Lucas Film on the Star Wars live action television series. 

Louise was the co-creator and showrunner of the AACTA and Logie-winning series Glitch, and also wrote the screenplay for Dead Europe, for which she won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Her plays have been performed at the STC, Malthouse and the QTC. 


Vicki Madden is a showrunner and writer with 25 years experience in the television industry both in Australia and overseas working as writer and showrunner on such shows as Halifax fpThe Bill, (UK), Trial & Retribution (UK) The Clinic (Ireland), Water Rats and Blood Brothers to name a few.

Vicki returned from five years overseas in 2011 to begin developing her own slate as a Producer and Writer. Her first supernatural thriller, The Kettering Incident, a highly-anticipated 8 x 1 hour series due to screen on Foxtel in July, 2016 and recently won the Special Jury Prize at this year's Series Mania Festival in Paris! (Festival Séries Mania).

Currently, Vicki is working on a new series, The Vineyard, a murder-mystery set in an historic Tasmanian Vineyard and loosely inspired by Shakespeares Henry IV. She is also developing a low-budget feature film she is hoping to direct herself in 2016. Vicki is passionate about developing and helping emerging writers break into TV. She is also an active AWG member and represents the Guild in Tasmania.


Leah Purcell is an internationally acclaimed actor, writer and director. Most recently Leah directed two episodes of the highly praised new drama series Cleverman (Goalpost Pictures/ ABC) which recently aired on ABC TV and also on the Sundance Channel in the US. Her play, The Drover’s Wife (in which she is also playing the title role), will be a part of Belvoir Theatre’s 2016 season.

Leah’s theatre directing credits include Brothers Wreck (Belvoir Theatre), Don’t Take Your Love to Town, a play she also co-devised and starred in for Belvoir Theatre, 

Stolen (ACPA), Actor on a Box – Dreaming and Theatre In Practice - Stolen (Sydney Theatre Company Theatre in Education), The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table (QPAC),  7 Stages of Grieving (Sydney Theatre Company) Reflections: 40 Years and to the Future, (ACPA/QPAC) Howie The Rookie (Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts). In 1997, Leah co-wrote Box the Pony which was the smash hit of the 1997 Festival of the Dreaming and has played to sell-out seasons at the Belvoir St. Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, the 1999 Edinburgh Festival and a season at the Barbican Theatre in London for BITE: 2000.   The published text of the play won the 1999 NSW Premier’s Literary Award and the 2000 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Best Play.

In 2014, Leah wrote episodes of the new ABC3 TV series, Ready for This and directed the Foxtel documentary Who We Are: Brave New Clan. In 2013, she wrote and an episode for Redfern Now, series 2 (Blackfella Films & ABC.) In 2012, Leah directed an episode of Redfern Now and directed and starred in the short film, She. Say, which had its world premiere at Sydney Film Festival. In 2009 Leah wrote an episode of My Place, for ABC TV, and she was nominated for the IF Directors Award for her short film, Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wokgun.

Leah also created the arts project, Black Chicks Talking, featuring a 2001 documentary film, a 2002 book, a stage production and an art exhibition.

MC: Denise Eriksen

Denise Eriksen has made programs for every Australian network and was most recently running two new arts shows as an Executive Producer with Foxtel.  She held senior television management roles in Australia for seven years - as Head, Factual at ABC TV, Head of Production and Development at SBS and Head of Current Affairs at ABC News. Currently, much of her work involves watching TV - on all platforms - so she can talk with authority as a panelist on RN’s TV Club, write for The New Daily and MC sessions for AFTRS.  She’s also a production gun for hire on projects which need her expertise and is on the board of the AIDC.

Last updated June, 24 2016

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