A spin-off of HBO’s ‘High Maintenance’, starring Yael Stone, and comedic crime series ‘The Pastor’s Wife’ from Jungle Entertainment (Wakefield, Mr Inbetween) are among the 21 projects that will share in more than $600,000 in story development funding from Screen Australia.
The Sydney based stories include:
- ‘Beth’ (working title): A spin-off from the HBO series High Maintenance. ‘Beth’ will follow the feisty, freewheeling thirty-something dog walker (played by Yael Stone), who has just returned to Sydney after 10 wild years in New York. This comedy is created by Alex White (Babyteeth) and is to be executive produced by the original creators of ‘High Maintenance’, Katja Blichfeld, Ben Sinclair and Russell Gregory.
- ‘Khana’: The debut feature film written by Arka Das, one of the writers of anthology feature film Here Out West, which is set to open Sydney Film Festival 2021. ‘Khana’ follows young migrant worker Ronny who clocks long hours as a dish-pig at an Indian restaurant in Sydney’s Western suburbs. When the opportunity arises to achieve his dream of becoming a chef, he feels his life is about to change. However, Ronny quickly finds his dream has become a prison and he is drawn into the dark underworld of indentured labour where freedom comes at a hefty price.
- ‘The Pastor’s Wife’: An eight-part comedic-crime television series that follows a usually meek and mild-mannered pastor’s wife and a rat-bag teen who together go down a rabbit-hole of some seriously ungodly behaviour, in order to get away with murder.
All great projects, fingers crossed the funding will help them get to production. More to come…
📷: Yael Stone as ‘Beth’ in High Maintenance: Screen Australia