Devil's Playground

Directors: Rachel Ward and Tony Krawitz
Executive Producers: Tony Ayres, Penny Win and Simon Burke
Producers: Helen Bowden, Penny Chapman and Blake Ayshford
Writers: Blake Ayshford, Cate Shortland, Alice Addison and Tommy Murphy
Production Co: Matchbox Pictures
Network: Foxtel
Format: 6 part x 1 hour Drama Series

Featuring: Simon Burke, John Noble, Jack Thompson, Toni Collette, Andrew McFarlane, Don Hany, Max Cullen, Leon Ford and Anna Lise Phillips

The year is 1988. It is 35 years after the events of Fred Schepisi’s classic film, The Devil’s Playground. Tom Allen, now in his 40s and recently widowed, is a respected Sydney psychiatrist and father of two children. A practising Catholic, Tom accepts an offer by the Bishop of Sydney to become a counsellor of priests. During these sessions and other events, he will uncover a scandal that embroils him through a personal hell hole and the Church’s various attempts to cover it up. Tom’s quest for justice will push him to his limits, but it reveals a dark-side of the Church's power and the extent of official corruption, which he could never have envisaged.

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