For his whole life, Melbourne teenager, Danny Kelly (Elias Anton), has yearned for only one thing: to win Olympic swimming gold. Every stroke, every waking thought and every dream is leading Danny to his destiny – the centre podium at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. A scholarship to a prestigious grammar school finds Danny struggling to find his place amongst society’s privileged. But under the wing of highly regarded coach, Frank Torma (Matt Nable) and a friendship/rivalry with teammate Martin Taylor (Ben Kindon), Danny is on track to become Australia’s youngest swimming champion, the adored Barracuda. Based on the provocative novel by acclaimed writer Christos Tsiolkas, and reuniting key creatives who brought us The Slap, Barracuda is an unflinching look at Australia’s national obsession with sporting heroes. It’s a brutal clash of cultures, dreams and expectations and the relentless demands we place on our young athletes, their families, friends, schools and coaches. Also starring Rachel Griffiths, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Andrew Creer, Victoria Haralabidou, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Joel Lok and Rhys Mitchell. Written by Blake Ayshford and Belinda Chayko. Directed by Robert Connolly. Produced by Tony Ayres and Amanda Higgs. Associate Producer Christos Tsiolkas. A Matchbox Pictures production in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia and Film Victoria.