Tanked: Rehearsed Script Read

Industry Event

About Tanked

Military wife and mum, Jackie, is on a drink-fuelled downwards spiral, which deepens when her husband, Tom, returns home a war hero. His survival, and Jackie’s refusal to acknowledge the loss of a loved one, forces the unraveling of their marriage and a betrayal within her band of wives. A character-driven story about love, family and friendship that is both moving and funny; TANKED is about the battles we all fight

About this Event

Please join us for a rehearsed reading of the feature film screenplay TANKED, by Kerry Drumm. Supported by Cherry Hands Media.

Emma Hunt, Katrina Mathers, Kerry Drumm, Tony Wright

Tuesday 21st February, 6pm, 2023. The Backlot Studios, Melbourne.

Thank you to everyone who attended the read. The response was overwhelming and the event was a huge success. A number of meetings came from the event.

The read was filmed. If you would like access to the link reach out via the CONTACT page.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TankedMovie/


Kerry Drumm has recently toured her play BROTHERS through well-reviewed seasons at the Adelaide, Edinburgh and Melbourne Fringe Festivals.

Her web series INCOMING: WORDS OF WAR has collected many international awards; Series 2 INCOMING: THE WIVES is in post-production, and she’s just sold the rights to another play, STRAWBERRY (details to be announced soon). Her writing credits also include co-writing THE GREAT BARRIER REEF, narrated by Eric Bana and produced by December Media.


Tony Wright is a multi-award-winning and highly experienced producer and executive producer of TV drama, documentary and children’s television. His numerous credits include the acclaimed docudrama Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery, hit children’s series Li’l Horrors, EMMY® award-winning science documentary Immortal, BAFTA Scotland winner of Best Television Scripted, and EMMY® nominated UK co-production The Cry; and most recently, the highly acclaimed feature documentary The Children in the Pictures. Tony also produced the BAFTA nominated UK co-production Mrs Biggs and executive produced five seasons of the top-rating The Doctor Blake Mysteries, and the sequel The Blake Mysteries as well as the Australian produced 3D IMAX films Hidden Universe, The Search for Life in Space, The Story of Earth, and Great Barrier Reef. Tony Wright was the founder of December Media. 


  • Katrina Mathers: Jackie
  • Richard Cawthorne: Tom 
  • Abbie McLeish: Sally 
  • Ewen Gorman Deeble: Dan 
  • Eliza Matengu: Drona | Military Doctor 
  • Tim Constantine: Jake | Dan’s Mate #1 | Inspector 
  • Ruby Duncan: Polly | Counsellor 
  • Justin Hosking: Padre | Dan’s Mate #2 |Billy |Joe 
  • Reschelle O’Connor: Belle | Co-worker #1 
  • Liam O’Kane: Alex | Officer | Rob 
  • Rhiannon Langeberg: Lou | Stella | Co-worker #2

Katrina Mathers – JACKIE

Katrina was a regular ensemble actor for the THE WEDGE (Ch10); FLIPSIDE (ABC TV) and weekly radio serial THE BREAKFAST SHIFT (ABC 774). A Moosehead Award recipient for FOOTY CHICKS, Katrina’s credits also include playing the nurse in the original SAW short film; a depressed mum in the Tones & I music video for NEVER SEEN THE RAIN; the lead in the telemovie ECONOMY CLASS (Ch7) and she’s performed in a host of independent theatre and film, TVC’s, and lead guest roles on TV Series such as: WILFRED, ALL SAINTS, CITY HOMICIDE, PRANK PATROL, BLUE HEELERS.

Richard Cawthorne – TOM

Awarded the 2012 AACTA Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama for his performance in KILLING TIME, Richard has worked consistently in television, stage and film since 2000.


Richard is a member of Melbourne’s ensemble based Red Stitch Actors Theatre. Credits with Red Stitch include VINCENT IN BRIXTON, THE PUGILIST SPECIALIST, THE NIGHT HERRON, UNDER THE WHALEBACK and SOME VOICES. 


Between 2015 – 2018 Richard held the appointment of Ambassador to the National Theatre Drama School.

Abbie McLeish – SALLY

Abbie Mcleish is 14 years old and is a year nine student at Shelford Girls Grammar. Over the past few years she has performed in various school productions, including Little Women and Mary Poppins. Abbie played the lead role in her house performing arts production in 2022, and most recently performed with her drama class as part of the “suitcase series” at the Malthouse Theatre.

Ewen Gorman Deeble – DAN

Ewen is 13 years old, just about to complete year 7 at school and comes from a family of actors. Last year he voiced the lead role in the awarding winning short animation film Backfire. Earlier this year he had an ongoing role in the multi award winning Paramount + Series More Than This. He had a role in the new ABC series Crazy Fun Park, which will premiere in Jan 2023. When not acting or playing D & D, Ewen can be found canoeing down the Yarra River.

Eliza Matengu – DRONA

Eliza Matengu is a 1st generation Namibian/Romanian/Australian actor, producer and writer. Eliza was born in Zambia, a child of the Namibian Independence War from apartheid rule and spent her formative years in the UK before moving to Melbourne in 2008. Eliza’s recent acting credits include Red Sonja (Millennium, post-production), Thor: Love & Thunder (Marvel, 2022), Jack Irish (Easy Tiger, 2021)& How to Stay Married S02 (Princess Pictures, 2020). Eliza wrote her first feature film in 2020. It is currently in development after receiving initial support via Film Victoria’s “Originate” program.  

Tim Constantine – JAKE

Tim is an earthling who acts, writes and produces. He is proficient at high art, low comedy, and everything in-between. He’s won some awards, and had some rave reviews, but he’s too modest to tell you about them.

Prior to The Event, Tim played Don Pedro in Artefact’s production of Much Ado About Nothing. Other recent stage roles include Captain Moonlite in Moonlite, Jerry in Pinter’s Betrayal, and Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. 

Screen appearances include Shakespeare Republic: The Lockdown Chronicles, and the short films Grace and 50 Years Later, as well as the usual NeighboursUnderbelly etc etc.

His most recent screen role was unorthodox hitman Justin in The Problem Solver, which premiered in May 2022. Check it out, or he’ll whack you. Unorthodoxly.

He has one of those faces you’re sure you recognise from somewhere. Apparently.

Ruby Duncan – POLLY

Ruby is an actor and theatre maker, currently residing in Melbourne. Recent acting credits for theatre include Reigen (Periscope Productions), Punk Rock (Patalog Theatre), and for film and television, Rosie Nolan Incoming: Words of War Season 1 & 2 (December Media & Little Red Fox Productions), Molly in Glitch (ABC), Ellie in The Dustwalker (The Feet of Film) and Tilly in Doctor Blake Mysteries (ABC). Ruby has participated in numerous collectives and play readings for companies around Melbourne, such as Theatre Works and Melbourne Theatre Company. 

In addition to performing, Ruby finished stage management on an immersive theatre production of John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo (All Sorts Productions), dramaturgy for Vivan’s Nguyen A Moment to Love (Melbourne Fringe Festival) and is part of the 2023 She Writes Collective for Theatre Works as a dramaturge. Ruby is currently and proudly represented by Independent Management Company (IMC).

Justin Hosking – PADRE

Justin is an award winning actor, writer and producer based in Melbourne. For his short film After Silence, he has won multiple Best Actor awards around the world, as well as winning Best Sceenplay (Moscow).

He has worked with directors such as Nadia Tass, Rowan Woods, Julian Meyrick and David Myles among many others. Film credits include The Broken Shore, Crime & Punishment, Any Questions for Ben?, The Heckler and Vessel. TV shows including Metro Sexual 2,The Dr Blake Mysteries, The Hollowmen, City Homicide, Satisfaction, and Tangle.

Justin is an ensemble member of Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre, Australia’s leading actors’ ensemble and was co-founder of Human Sacrifice Theatre. He has performed at the Malthouse, Victorian Arts Centre, 45downstairs, Red Stitch, Chapel Off Chapel and venues in the US. Of his many theatre credits, highlights include Uncle Vanya, True West, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The Realistic Joneses and Angel’s In America. Justin trained in the US, is a father of two, who loves to cook, wrestle with the French language and is a rare North Melbourne supporter


Rhiannon Langeberg – ALI

Rhiannon Langeberg is a multi-award-winning actress and co-founder of William Films Productions alongside her husband, Charles Williams. Together they have written, directed and produced two award-winning short films.

Rhiannon has trained at numerous institutes including Vancouver Film School, TAFTA, The Rehearsal Room and Film and Television Studio International. Beyond acting, Rhiannon is a keen martial artist and budding linguist, who uses her love and in-depth understanding of language to help inform character choices. 

Liam O’Kane – ALEX

Liam trained at the Actor’s Studio in New York City and has written and performed shows for the Melbourne, Adelaide and Edinburgh fringe festivals, most recently touring with the production BROTHERS.

Liam travelled Australia with The Flying Bookworm Theatre Company helping schools understand Shakespeare. Liam returned as Corporal Ben Lawley in the second season of the multi-awarding winning web series INCOMING: WORDS OF WAR, including Best Ensemble at the British Web Awards. 

Reschelle O’Connor – Belle (Bambi)

Reschelle studied at Peter Sardi’s School of Acting and has loved developing her skills on stage (and screen) for many years. Some of her acting credits include Picnic at Hanging RockStrangers on a TrainSlutThe ReturnProof, Doubt, Speaking in Tongues and Female of the Species and most recently Some Girls.

Reschelle had the pleasure of working with Kerry for the first time on the second season of Incoming: Words of War – The Wives earlier this year and was delighted to be given another opportunity by taking part in this rehearsed reading. 

Rehearsed Script Read

Tuesday 21st February, 6pm


The Backlot Studio, South Melbourne


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