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Nailbiting first look at new Stan series Bad Behaviour shows the emotional and physical impact of high school bullying

"No one grows up without scars"

Stan has released the official trailer for its new original series, Bad Behaviour, premiering on February 17.

Bad Behaviour is set in the wilderness campus of an exclusive boarding school called Silver Creek, and the first look suggests the new series is a dark mix between Puberty Blues and St. Trinian’s.

Exploring the “unrelenting struggle for acceptance and social power,” the new series poses the question: To bully or be bullied?

First look at Stan original series, Bad Behaviour

Based on the book by Australian writer Rebecca Starford and directed by Corrie Chen, the explosive four-part drama tells the story of a time of friendship and joy but also of shame and fear.

What is Bad Behaviour about?

When 25-year-old Jo Mackenzie (Jana McKinnon) bumps into her old school friend Alice Kang (Yerin Ha), memories of the brutal year they spent together at Silver Creek come flooding back.

Played across past and present timelines, the series is an “emotionally and physically intense deep dive into the lives of teenage girls.”

In the trailer, the girls are in their younger years, attending the school where the teachers live “just down the road”, and the young girls are “very much on their own.”

Alice Kang and Jo Mackenzie re-live their year at Silver Creek. Source: Stan

The trailer flashes forward to the future, and a 25-year-old Jo is speaking to a friend about her relationship with another girl from her school, Portia (Markella Kavenagh).

“I’ve been spending a bit more time with Portia…” she says, before the friend responds: “That’s your high school bully. That’s the literal definition of toxic.”

The trailer comes to a dramatic end when a character is seen bursting into flames at Silver Creek.

Jana McKinnon stars as lead Jo Mackenzie. Source: Stan

Who stars in Bad Behaviour?

Led by an all-female creative team, the series explores the complicated nature of desire, memory and sexuality within the confines of a prestigious girls’ boarding school.

Along with Jana McKinnon, Yerin Ha, and Markella Kavenagh, the ensemble cast includes Erana James (The Wilds), AACTA Award-winning Tuuli Narkle (Mystery Road: Origin), Dan Spielman (Stateless, New Gold Mountain), Diana Glenn (Harrow, Reckoning), Mantshologane Maile (The PM’s Daughter) and newcomers Melissa Kahraman, Daya Czepanski, Bronte Locke, Abbey Morgan, Malaynee Hayden and Jessica Lu.

Bad Behaviour premieres February 17 on Stan.

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