FEELING TRAPPED INSIDE HER UPPER-CLASS MARRIAGE, FORENSIC FIRE INVESTIGATOR, CHLOE RILEY, IS READY TO BURN HER LIFE DOWN.
SOUTHEND is a character driven, high-end drama that centres around Chloe Riley - forensic fire investigator - a ‘pyro-romantic’ with a deep fascination for the element of fire. Dangerous, brilliant, and deeply conflicted, if Chloe wasn’t solving arson cases she might be lighting the fires herself.
Feeling trapped inside her marriage to an upper-class man, Chloe is called away to a seemingly routine investigation in the town of Beachport. There she delves into a warehouse fire that uncovers a history of racial conflict against the first wave of Chinese migrants, violence, and disinheritance that reveals an unlikely arsonist.
She begins a transformative affair with a woman that will explode her marriage and sense of motherhood, leading her down a path of assessing her life and quietly setting fire to it.