Sundance Now has announced its acquisition of US rights to Aussie drama Bad Mothers, which will premiere in the States next month.

Bad Mothers
Bad Mothers: (L-R) Melissa George as Charlotte, Shalom Brune-Franklin as Bindy, Mandy McElhinney as Maddie, Jessica Tovey as Danielle, Tess Haubirich as Sarah — Image courtesy of Sundance Now

Bad Mothers explores the underbelly of modern motherhood through the prism of four very different women as they juggle life’s big issues: love, family, careers, infidelity — and murder.

The eight-part drama stars Tess Haubrich (Pine Gap, Wolf Creek), Mandy McElhinney (Love Child, Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War), Jessica Tovey (Wonderland, Home and Away), and Shalom Brune-Franklin (The Heart Guy, Our Girl), along with Daniel MacPherson (Strike Back) and Don Hany (East West 101) and Golden Globes nominee Melissa George (In Treatment, The Good Wife), who guest stars.

Sarah’s (Tess Haubrich) seemingly perfect life as a local GP, loving wife, and doting mother comes crashing down the moment she discovers her husband Anton (Daniel McPherson) is having an affair with her best friend Charlotte (Melissa George).

Suddenly, Charlotte turns up dead, and Anton is arrested for her murder.

As Sarah’s life spirals out of control, she finds unlikely support from a ragtag group of mums called The Bad Mothers Club, and finds herself drawn into the chaotic worlds of her new friends, including Danielle (Jessica Tovey), the outgoing mum who needs more in her life; Bindy (Shalom Brune-Franklin), the wild child party mum; and Maddie (Mandy McElhinney), the fierce mum battling with a difficult child and an acrimonious custody battle.

The one thing stopping Sarah from leaving the mess of her old life behind her is Anton swears he’s innocent. Now she will have to add “detective” to her already lengthy list of jobs if she is to clear her husband’s name.

Produced by Jungle Entertainment (Mr Inbetween) in association with Filthy Productions (Filthy Rich), Bad Mothers marked Nine Network’s biggest drama launch of 2019, ranking No. 1 in its time’s slot. The US joins other territories that have already picked up the series, including the UK, France, Sweden, the Middle East, and Africa.

The series is created by Rachel Lang (Outrageous Fortune) and Gavin Strawhan (This Is Not My Life), and written by Rachel Lang, Gavin Strawhan, Sarah Walker (Home and Away), and Tim Lee. It is produced by Chole Rickard (No Activity) and Steven Zanoski (Filthy Rich), and directed by Geoff Bennett (The Heart Guy), Sian Davies (Playing for Keeps), and Catriona MacKenzie (Harrow).

Costars include Steve Bastoni (Fat Tony & Co), David Roberts (Offspring), Toby Truslove (Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries), and Michala Banas (McLeod’s Daughters).

Bad Mothers will make its exclusive US premiere on Sundance Now beginning Thursday, May 7, 2020.


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Bad Mothers: Sundance Now Picks Up Australian Drama for the US
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