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June 20th, 2017

Mary Kills People is an unlikely name for a show but, at the very least, there can be no confusion around what it’s about.

A woman called Mary kills people, and a New Zealand man called Jay Ryan plays one of her voluntary victims, in what’s being hailed at one of 2017’s best breakout series.

Kiwi fans will know Jay Ryan from comedy series Go Girls or Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake, but since he left here in 2012 to pursue acting in the US, he’s starred in a long-running and hugely successful teen sci-fi series on one of the biggest networks in the world.

Now however, he’s sinking his teeth into something a bit more substantial, like the topic of euthanasia.

It’s certainly timely. When Mary Kills started filming in Toronto last year, euthanasia had recently been legalised in Canada. And here in New Zealand, Act Party leader David Seymour’s voluntary euthanasia bill was pulled from the ballot just last week.

And, Jay Ryan adds: “The judge [Neil Gorsuch] that Trump’s just brought in [to the US Supreme Court] is the kind of frontrunner against euthanasia. So it’s an interesting time for this show to come out, I think.

“On top of that it is a really intriguing, entertaining watch,” he says.

The six-part mini-series has a 100 per cent rating on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes with the Washington Post’s reviewer saying “it had me hooked until the end” and Variety calling it “one of the most impressive debuts of the year”, plus it’s officially been signed for a second season.

For a dark comedy about assisted suicide, this was a surprise.

“We thought, ‘how is this going to be perceived? It could be quite polarising’. But it has that dark comedic tone throughout, which makes it easier to digest … that was one of the things that was lauded most by the critics … the way the tone shifts so it’s not a depressing watch, it’s actually quite thrilling,” Ryan says.

That, he says, and it leaves room for viewers to make their own minds up on the issue “without shoving it down their throats”.

Mary Kills is the brainchild of Tara Armstrong, who wrote the pilot episode while studying at the Canadian Film Centre and it was picked up as soon as she finished there.

Ryan credits that, combined with the fact that the show’s director – Holly Dale – and most of its writers and creative team are women, as what gives the show its “fresh tone”.

“People are talking about [having more women in the lead] in the industry like, ‘Yes this is what we should be doing’, but this is actually one of the projects that has managed to pull it off and create something amazing, and successful and fresh,” Ryan says.

The Mary Kills team approached Ryan for the part of Ben Wesley, based on his performance in Top of the Lake and, having spent the past four years playing a modernised “beast” in the CW’s Beauty and the Beast, Ryan jumped at the chance.

“I was looking for something very different to sink my teeth into – something a bit more solid … something a bit more grounded in reality and maybe with a bigger purpose than just entertaining people,” he says.

Although Ryan says he learned a lot, got his foot in the door and built a strong fan base, the gruelling filming schedule, publicity requirements and questionable writing tipped the balance.

“You never know what the ending is,” he says. “You never know what’s around the corner, whereas with things like Mary Kills … you can see the overall story arc straight away so there’s no sudden surprises and everyone knows from day one what you’re actually making.

“I feel like I’ve done my dash. Now I’m much more interested in working with creators who have that hands-on approach to crafting a story, as opposed to a big team of hired writers who are just there to spit scripts out on a deadline.”

That is why Ryan’s next project is another six-part series, this one called Fighting Season, about the effects of the Afghanistan war on its Kiwi and Australian soldiers.

“It’s a really strong project. It’s quite confronting but it’s also another piece that’s going to start a conversation.”

It’s obvious that after five years in the States, Ryan is finally where he set out to reach when he left for Hollywood, so congratulations seem in order.

“I’m glad you’ve got something solid to sink your teeth into,” I say.

He laughs: “Yeah, me too.”

Source: NZ Herald

May 10th, 2017

Shooting begins this week in Sydney on Fighting Season, a new Foxtel drama that follows Australian soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

The six-part series looks at a possible cover-up where the “lines between killer and family man, between hero and victim, between truth and imagination, are constantly shifting.”

Producer Kylie du Fresne said the series is based on extensive research and interviews with former soldiers about their time in Afghanistan and the realities of coming home and reintegrating into society.

A Goalpost Pictures production, the show will be helmed by director Kate Woods (Looking for Alibrandi), who returns to Australia after a decade working in the US on programs like Law and Order SVU and Suits. Wasted on the Young’s Ben Lucas will also direct.

The cast is led by Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast, Top of the Lake), Ewen Leslie (Top of the Lake, The Daughter), and Kate Mulvany (Secret City, The Great Gatsby).

Fighting Season will also star George Pullar (A Place to call Home), Marco Alosio, Julian Maroun, Paul De Gelder, Sarah Armanious and Sabryna Walters as well as Lucy Bell, Lex Marinos, David Roberts, Camilla Ah Kin, Ching Po and Jay Lagaiai in supporting roles.

The script has been penned by Blake Ayshford, whose recent credits include Barracuda and Devil’s Playground. Ayshford will also produce, along with du Fresne and Elisa Argenzio. Executive Producers are Foxtel’s head of drama Penny Win and Goalpost’s Rosemary Blight and Ben Grant.

“With exquisite scripts and a talented cast, along with directors Kate Woods and Ben Lucas, Foxtel is looking forward to Goalpost delivering an amazing drama,” said Win.

Fighting Season has development and production investment from Screen Australia and Screen NSW. Shooting will take place in Sydney and on location in Broken Hill.

Sky Vision will handle worldwide distribution outside of Australia and New Zealand.

Source: If.com.au

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Fighting Season
The story is a six-part event drama that surrounds the invisible men and women who fight for their country (Australia), what they bring home from the war, discovering what of themselves they’ve left behind, the secrets that must remain hidden; With a compelling mystery regarding a possible cover-up where the lines cross between killer and family man, hero and victim, truth and imagination or fantasy, are constantly changing.


Mary Kills People
Single mother Mary Harris is an ER doctor by day, but by night she and her partner, a former plastic surgeon, moonlight as underground angels of death who help terminally ill patients slip away on their own terms.
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