THE ONLY SHOT YOU GET...IS THE ONE YOU TAKE
Authentic, funny and poignant, this landmark drama series follows the once great Warriors Football Club, which pins its hopes and dwindling reputation on three untested rookies and a jaded star.
Maki (newcomer Gordon Churchill), Zane (Nelson Baker) and Scottie (Ben Knight) are the three Aussie Rules Football recruits who have been selected for the train-on squad for the worst team in the league. Doc (Reece Milne) is the troubled team captain who is forced to live with them in a share house as punishment for his latest scandal. With the fortunes of the club hanging precariously in the balance, the coach (Vince Colosimo, Doctor, Doctor, Janet King) announces that only twenty-two players will make team for the first game of the year. Can the boys learn to live with each other and overcome their personal obstacles to survive the pre-season, and make the final team?
The three new rookies encounter next-level temptation and pressure, and even with the highly experienced and talented communications manager Deb Van Exel (a perfectly cast Lisa McCune; Blue Heelers, Sea Patrol) and the spectre of the club president (John Howard; SeaChange, Packed to the Rafters) to keep them in check, they struggle to maintain their integrity. Exploring universal themes of identity, belonging, and the lure of professional success, money and fame, The Warriors offers a fresh take on the extremely public antics and big business of professional sport.
From acclaimed production company Arenamedia, and produced by Tony Briggs (screenwriter of The Sapphires) and writer/director Robert Connolly (Deep State, The Slap, Barracuda), The Warriors features a stellar line-up of Australian writers including Jon Bell (Redfern Now, Cleverman) and Tracey Rigney (A Chance Affair), and directors Adrian Russell Wills and Beck Cole (Redfern Now, Wentworth), Steven McGregor (Black Comedy) and Catriona McKenzie (Bad Mothers, Nowhere Boys).