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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

HBO's Next Big Miniseries Will See Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain Navigate a Fraying Relationship

'Scenes From a Marriage' will air — and stream — in Australia this September.
By Sarah Ward
July 09, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
July 09, 2021
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It's the American cable TV network everyone knows by name in Australia, even though it doesn't air here. We all know its famed television static intro clip, too. That'd be HBO, which keeps carving out a place in TV lovers' hearts because it just keeps delivering must-see television programs. The latest example: Scenes From a Marriage.

If you know your classic Swedish TV, that name will be familiar. If that doesn't apply to you, this new miniseries is adapted from an iconic work by one of the best Swedish filmmakers ever — the late, great Ingmar Bergman. As its name makes plain, Scenes From a Marriage steps inside a relationship, and finds that it's hardly a picture of domestic bliss. This new version also stars two supremely watchable leads: Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.

Isaac was last seen on our screens saving the galaxy and fighting evil in Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker. Chastain last popped up in IT: Chapter Two and the straight-to-digital Ava. And if pairing them up sounds familiar as well, that's because they've already navigated a complex and fraying marriage in 2014's A Most Violent Year. Given how that turned out — phenomenally, that is — seeing the duo team up again promises to be a treat.

HBO is positioning this miniseries as a "re-imagining", which means that it shouldn't fastidiously stick to the original's beats — and it'll jump to contemporary times. It'll still explore love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage and divorce, though.

Writer/director Hagai Levi (In Treatment, The Affair) does the honours behind the lens — and, if you're keen for a sneak peek, HBO and Foxtel, which'll both air and stream the series in Australia, have just released a teaser trailer. The full series will drop sometime this September.

And yes, thanks to everything from Watchmen, Chernobyl and The Undoing to I Know This Much Is True and Mare of Easttown, HBO has had a particularly great run with its miniseries recently. Obviously, that's yet another reason to be excited about Scenes From a Marriage, too.

Check out the trailer below:

Scenes From a Marriage is set to air on and stream via Foxtel in Australia sometime this September — we'll update you with the exact date when it is announced.

Published on July 09, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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