Live life’s ups and downs with the Aussie residents of The Heights

Every city has that one block of flats that’s the local eyesore. With The Heights, you’ll get this and more as Australia’s newest drama captivates audiences far and wide.

Just like baby Moses drifting down the Nile, the drama in this captivating new Australian series, The Heights, starts with the discovery of an abandoned baby in a patch of grass (the baby is later temporarily named Patch as a result) in the rough-and-tumble inner-city neighbourhood of Arcadia Heights and the eyesore high-rise block of flats everybody calls “The Towers”. Whose baby is it, and how did the newborn end up abandoned in this way? The series has Australians glued to their screens and comes as no surprise!

Community support

Anyone who has grown up in urban social housing will know the unconditional support these neighbours provide each other, something that The Heights depicts with surprising accuracy. In this community, you look out for everyone, not just yourself. Everyone truly lends a helping hand, whether rescuing the local pub from closing down, or solving the heartbreaking problem behind episode one’s poor abandoned baby.

“This isn’t a story about good versus evil or rich versus poor, it’s about the very unifying experience of trying to make one’s way in the world, and the family you surround yourself with – whether by bloodline or by circumstance.” – Showrunner and co-creator Warren Clarke.

Refreshingly relatable drama

Filmed in Perth, what makes The Heights so worth watching is how much the characters and the setting resonates with viewers worldwide – including South Africa and Africa as a whole. The Heights mines the frictions and commonalities between the upper and working classes in the melting pot of urban modern-day Australia.

“The Heights broaches complex social issues faced in the reality of our lives today,” says Australia’s ABC broadcaster that commissioned and renewed the series. “The programme’s built on a model of bringing together new talent with experienced creatives for a timely new Australian series that is a microcosm for a diverse nation that is continually redefining itself.”

The ensemble cast of The Heights includes newcomers, as well as veteran actors who are well-known worldwide for their roles in other Aussie films and series like Roz Hammond (Muriel’s Wedding), Fiona Fress (Home and Away), Dan Paris and Saskia Hampele (Neighbours) and Yazeed Daher (Safe Harbour).

Newcomers include Bridie McKim, Mitchell Bourke, Koa Nuen, Cara McCarthy and Carina Hoang.

Watch The Heights on Mondays on M-Net City (115) at 21:40.

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