One of the ABC’s centrepiece local dramas for 2016 is Barracuda, the tale of a young swimmer who dreams of Olympic gold – and eventually comes to terms with his homosexuality.
Adapted from a novel by the award-winning Melbourne-based writer Christos Tsiolkas, the new drama series will air over four Sunday nights from Sunday 10 July, leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics – and the full series available to binge watch online via iview after the premiere of episode 1.
Barracuda is a moving story about identity, obsession, desire, the dizzy heights of success and the terrifying risk of failure, says the ABC. It stars Six Feet Under alumni Rachel Griffiths and Matt Nable and introduces Elias Anton as the main character Danny Kelly.
You can watch the just-released trailer here: Barracuda : ABCTV (Aus) trailer
Here’s how the ABC describes the show: “Melbourne 1996. The Golden Age of Australian swimming is beginning and a scholarship to an exclusive boys school brings 16-year-old Danny Kelly one step closer to his ultimate goal – winning Olympic gold.
“Initially, Danny struggles to find his place in the prestigious social circles of the private boys school. However under the charge of highly regarded coach Frank Torma and a friendship/rivalry with teammate Martin Taylor, Danny is soon on track to become Australia’s youngest swimming champion, the unstoppable ‘Barracuda’.”
“Soon, everyone has a stake in Danny’s success and as he swims closer towards gold, he finds himself being drawn into a world where the only thing that matters is winning. When he gets his shot at victory, with all of Australia watching – can the ‘Barracuda’ live up to everyone’s expectations and realise his dream?”
Barracuda premieres Sunday 10 July at 8:40pm on the ABC.