Both were announced at the recent ABC 2014 Programming launch.
Soul Mates is described as “a toxic bromance” from the creators of the successful YouTube comedy Bondi Hipsters.
The series follows the story of two friends drawn together across the course of human history, from the time of the first cavemen to the year 2145, when they find themselves working in a time travel agency. It will be produced, written and directed by Connor Van Vuuren, Christiaan Van Vuuren, Nick Boshier and Chloe Rickard for ABC2.
The cleverly-titled post-apocalyptic action adventure Wastelander Panda is produced by Nick Batzias and Kirsty Stark for both ABC TV and iView. The series is directed by Victoria Cocks and co-written by Cocks, Mike Jones and Matt Vesely.
TV series, multi-platform
Soul Mates TV Pty Ltd
Producers/Writers/Directors Connor Van Vuuren, Christiaan Van Vuuren, Nick Boshier, Chloe Rickard
Synopsis Soul Mates is a toxic bromance that follows the story of a couple of buddies who are continually drawn together across the course of human history, past and future. In the beginning of time these two mates are experiencing all of life’s firsts as a couple of cavemen. In 1979 they’re two New Zealanders killing it as Kiwi assassins. By 2013 they’re a pair of fashion-obsessed Bondi hipsters, and in the year 2145 they are tackling time travel conundrums, working nine to five in a time travel agency.
Online series, broadcast hour, graphic novel, interactive website
Madman Production Company & Epic Films
Producers Nick Batzias, Kirsty Stark
Writers Victoria Cocks, Mike Jones, Matt Vesely
Director Victoria Cocks
Broadcaster ABC2, ABC iView
Synopsis Held responsible for the violent death of a young girl, Isaac is banished from the safety of the Tribe of Legion, along with his mother Hannah and brother Arcayus. Realising they cannot survive in the desperate and savage world of the Wasteland, a guilt-ridden Isaac seeks to reinstate the family to Legion – by seeking a replacement for the child whose life was lost. This new TV/online series and graphic novel extension have been developed from the existing Wastelander Panda project, which can be viewed at wastelanderpanda.com