On October 12, 2002, the world was shocked by news of a series of terrorist bombings in Bali, Indonesia.
Two separate bombs had exploded in the Kuta tourist area and a third in Denpasar, tragically killing 202 people, including 88 Australians.
Stan’s latest series, Bali 2002, focuses on the stories of those who perished, the survivors who lived to tell the story, and the Australian Federal Police and Indonesian authorities tasked with investigating the devastating attacks .
Daily Mail Australia visited the set of Stan Original’s ‘Bali 2002’ miniseries in Sydney’s Rosehill, where the modern day streets were transformed into Kuta, 2002, the morning after the bombings
Bali 2002, starring Australians Richard Roxburgh and Rachel Griffiths and Bridgerton actress Claudia Jessie, will be released on September 25, weeks before the 20th anniversary of the bombings.
In March, Daily Mail Australia visited the miniseries set in Sydney’s Rosehill, where the modern streets were transformed in Kuta, 2002, the morning after the bombings.
Smoke billowed from the air, burnt out cars and collapsed buildings, Balinese market stalls and buildings that survived the devastating blasts – all expertly recreated by an ingenious production team.
The miniseries was directed by Katrina Irawati Graham and Peter Andrikidis (pictured on set).
The production team also painstakingly recreated the signs that hung on the same buildings in Kuta exactly 20 years ago.
Cast and crew filmed a scene with a group of Australian police officers, led by Roxburgh, who played officer Graham Ashton, investigating the aftermath of the bombings and speaking to actors playing Balinese locals.
On set, Daily Mail Australia spoke to series director Katrina Irawati Graham, executive producer Tim Pye and series production designer Tim Ferrier.
The series, starring Australians Richard Roxburgh and Rachel Griffiths and Bridgerton actress Claudia Jessie, will be released on September 25, weeks before the 20th anniversary of the bombings
“We had a duty of care to make the series as truthful as possible,” said Tim Pye before discussing survivor’s reaction to the series’ production.
“People wanted to tell their stories. Experience living through this shocking reaction.
Two survivors of the bombings came to the set after expressing a desire to visit them.
The set featured burnt out cars and collapsed buildings, Balinese market stalls (pictured) – all expertly recreated by a brilliant production team
“They were really moved by that,” Mr. Pye recalled. “It was moving for me and moving for her.”
The crew also revealed that the two survivors were oddly keen to take a picture with the actor who plays the bomber.
Bali 2002 was 15 months in development, with construction of the Kuta set beginning in December.
Cast and crew were also seen filming a scene in which a group of Australian police officers, led by Roxburgh, who played officer Graham Ashton (pictured), investigate the aftermath of the bombings and spoke to actors playing Balinese locals
The scene involved Australian Federal Police officers and a forensics team, who were investigating the aftermath of the bombings and speaking to Balinese locals
There was an attempt to make a series based on the 2005 Indonesian bombings involving many of the same crew members.
But a week before filming began, another terrorist attack occurred in Bali. A series of bombs were detonated in the seaside resorts of Kuta and Jimbaran, killing 23 people including the three bombers involved.
Ironically, the bombings resulted in production of the earlier series being halted and eventually halted altogether.
Bali 2002 was 15 months in development. There was an attempt to film a show based on the 2005 Indonesia bombings, but production was halted after the 2005 Bali bombings
Stan gave the green light 17 years later for a new miniseries based on the 2002 bombings, with director Katrina Irawati Graham explaining that the decision to shoot in Australia over Indonesia was made because it was “more reliable”.
Series production designer Tim Ferrier, the mastermind behind the sets’ construction, pulled the original plans, along with some props and set pieces from the 2005 production, into the new one.
He had built an identical set outside of Jakarta – the capital of Indonesia – for the 2005 series and was about to throw away the props when he was called on board as production designer for the new show last year.
Series production designer Tim Ferrier was pictured on the set of Bali 2002. Mr Ferrier had painstakingly recreated the site of the bombings
Construction on the set began in December after Stan gave the series the green light. Up to 60 people worked with Mr. Ferrier to build it
“We tried to represent the road and signage as accurately as possible,” he said of recreating the site of the bombings.
“I was determined to keep it true to the place.”
Mr Ferrier explained that he was forced to take “a bit of license” for the set as he “might not be able to grasp the extent of the devastation”.
Mr Ferrier explained that he was “relentless” about being as accurate as possible and staying “true” to the place
There were between 20 and 30 people working on the set at any one time, with up to 60 construction workers at one point.
Mr. Ferrier noted that because of his connection to the original show, it was “good” for his “soul” to recreate the set.
He recalled the reaction of two survivors who visited the set he built with his own two hands.
“It was cathartic and exciting for her,” he said.
Bali 2002 will be available to stream on Stan starting September 25, 2022.
Bali 2002 will be available to stream on Stan starting September 25, 2022
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