Screen Australia and the ABC have today announced a new six-part comedy series Why Are You Like This.
Created and written by Naomi Higgins, Humyara Mahbub and Aunty Donna’s Mark Samual Bonanno, it was one of four pilots supported through the Fresh Blood initiative and featured Higgins, Olivia Junkeer and Wil King.
It follows best friends Mia and Penny as they navigate their 20s in Melbourne, along with Penny’s dramatic and aloof housemate, Austin. Guided by their own modern day moral code, they confront complex social issues in an outrage driven world, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. Why Are You Like This explores the grey areas a lot of us are afraid to traverse, in a world determined to see things as black and white.
Naomi Higgins said, “We’re so grateful to Screen Australia and ABC’s Fresh Blood program for this opportunity to tell the stories of entitled diverse idiots. This is a dream come true and we can’t wait to make this show!”
Online Investment Manager Lee Naimo said, “Why Are You Like This impressed us with its tone and execution. The pilot was witty, topical and a great reflection of issues many young people are navigating in the world today. We’re committed to supporting original and innovative content, and I can’t wait to see this team build on the pilot and take this narrative comedy to series.”
ABC’s Head Of Entertainment and Factual Josie Mason-Campbell, said, “This is a fantastic new show from a new team of incredible young creatives that will surely make waves. We are delighted to be taking Why Are You Like This to series.”
The series is a CKOL production will be directed by Jessie Oldfield and Adam Murfet with Sarah Freeman producing. Niki Aken (The Hunting, Janet King) is script producer. Jessie Oldfield, Adam Murfet, Amanda Higgs, Nick Hayden and Rick Kalowski are serving as executive producers.
Production will begin in March 2020.