‘Halfworlds’ premieres in November

HBO Asia (@HBOAsia) announced the  date of the premiere of the HBO Asia Original dark thriller series Halfworlds (#HALFWORLDS).

Making its debut across Asia on HBO on Nov. 29, the eight episode series starring an ensemble cast of leading Asian actors and directed by Indonesian filmmaker Joko Anwar (Kala; Ritual) will premiere new episodes weekly.

Salvita Decorte and Aimee Saras; Adinia Wirasti

For the first time, HBO Asia will be releasing selected Halfworlds content first on Facebook (, including streaming the first episode immediately after its Nov. 29 HBO premiere.

The first Halfworlds trailer was unveiled on Sept. 26 at Jakarta Comic Con and on Facebook before it aired on HBO. Special behind the scenes material, teaser trailers and other exclusive footage are available on the online social networking site.

Alex Abbad; Ario Bayu

The cast and director of Halfworlds were on the panel at the inaugural Jakarta Comic Con on Sept. 26 at JIExpo Kemayoran.

Joining HBO Asia’s Head of Programming and Production Erika North and director Joko Anwar on the panel were Arifin Putra (The Raid 2; Macabre), Aimee Saras (Musical Onrop), Adinia Wirasti (Tentang Dia; Laura & Marsha), Tara Basro (Catatan (Harian) Si Boy; Pendekar Tongkat Emas), Alex Abbad (The Raid 2), Ario Bayu (Soekarno; HBO Asia’s Serangoon Road), Verdi Solaiman (The Raid; Java Heat), and Malaysian Bront Palarae (Terbaik Dari Langit; Psiko: Si Pencuri Hati). 

Tara Basro; Arifin Putra

Created by HBO Asia, Halfworlds reveals a hidden universe in the alleys and backstreets of present-day Jakarta where an underground society of demons known as the Demits have lived among us for centuries. As the series unfolds, this delicate balance is disrupted and will bring mortals and demits hurtling towards their destiny. 

Bront Palarae; Nathan Hartono and Arifin Putra

Halfworlds also stars Indonesians Salvita Decorte in her breakout role, Reza Rahadian (Habibie & Ainun; Guru Bangsa: Tjokroaminoto), Hannah Al-Rashid (Ritual; V/H/S/2), as well as Singaporean Nathan Hartono (Musical Spring Awakening) and guest stars 8-year old Malaysian Puteri Balqis (Balqis) who won the Best Actress award at the 2014 Asian Television Awards. 

Halfworlds is HBO Asia’s fourth original production after Dead Mine (2012), Serangoon Road (2013) and Grace (2014).

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