The new Stan Original Film Nitram is set to tell the story behind one of the darkest chapters in Australian history.
The new film, which is currently in production in Victoria and will premiere on Stan in 2021, is centred on Port Arthur mass murderer Martin Bryant. The man who murdered 35 people and injured 23 during a mass shooting in 1996 at the historic Port Arthur site in Tasmania.
On November 22, 1996, more than seven months after the massacre, Tasmanian Supreme Court Chief Justice William Cox ordered Bryant serve 35 life sentences without parole.
Stan Original Film Nitram, which is Martin spelled backwards, is a scripted feature film that will focus on the events leading to up to that day in Port Arthur.
Nitram comes from the award-winning team behind the Stan Original Film True History of the Kelly Gang and Snowtown, director Justin Kurzel and writer Shaun Grant.
Stan Chief Content Officer Nick Forward said the new film was being created and handled with a great deal of respect.
"Stan is pleased to again collaborate with Justin Kurzel and Shaun Grant," he said. "We have complete faith in the Nitram team’s creative vision and ability to handle the film’s subject matter with sensitivity and respect."
The cast of Nitram features Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) in the film's lead role, along with Judy Davis (The Dressmaker), Essie Davis (True History of the Kelly Gang) and Anthony LaPaglia (Lantana).