Five projects have been selected for iview’s Long Story Short initiative.
Each project will receive funding to create and produce a short-form, digital-first scripted series for audiences aged 18-35.
There were more than 250 applications in the joint ABC and Screen Australia initiative.
The five teams will participate in a two-day workshop led by writer Mike Jones and ABC executives.
Mike Cowap, Investment Manager from Screen Australia said: “We were blown away by the standard of the applications, there were so many strong creative teams in the mix. We think these five projects really know their audience and will work so well as digital-first content.”
Rebecca Heap, Head of Audience and Digital at ABC said: “We’re thrilled to team with Screen Australia on so many fantastic new scripted projects, building on ABC iview’s reputation for world class digital-first, short form series.”
The successful projects are:
The Edge of the Bush (VIC) — A comedy from creator/writer and performer Anne Edmonds (Fancy Boy, Have You Been Paying Attention?) who plays multiple, multi-generational members of the same family, estranged from each other after their calisthenics empire was torn apart years before. Executive producer Kevin Whyte; also featuring a who’s who of top emerging comic talent.
F*cking Adelaide (SA) — A dramedy following self-confessed failure Eli and his annoyingly optimistic sister Kitty as they return home to their dysfunctional family in Adelaide, a place Eli said he’d only ever visit for Christmas and funerals. From Closer Productions’ director Sophie Hyde (52 Tuesdays), Bec Summerton (producer) and Matthew Cormack (writer).
Mustafa Needs a Wife (NSW) – Newly dumped 26-year-old Mustafa must find himself an Afghani wife in a month… or else his mother finds one for him. A comedy from writer/actor Mansoor Noor [pictured] (Rake, Cleverman), Yingna Lu (producer), Luke Davison (co-writer) and Steve Anthopolous (director).
Other People’s Problems (VIC) – Timid but talented writer Florence and her go-getter sidekick Ann team up to ghost write other people’s letters in exchange for clothes. A dramedy from Charlotte Seymour (producer), Penelope Chai and Jane Dickenson (writers), director Erin White (Stories I Want to Tell You In Person, At Home with Julia) and executive producer Sue Maslin (The Dressmaker).
Maybe Today (VIC) — From Indigenous author, activist and master storyteller Boori Monty Pryor comes a collection of vignettes from his life that have delighted audiences worldwide, inviting us to find humour in sad places. Joining him are Kelly West (producer/writer/director), Jon Stanley (producer/director) and Princess Pictures’ Emma Fitzsimons (executive producer).
All five series will air on iview over the next year.