The Digital Originals Initiative by Screen Australia, SBS and NITV provides funding for short, web series format productions as a way of fostering emerging practitioners. The first of these projects to be completed is The Tailings, which premiered on SBS On Demand in April. Submissions are happening now for another project developed under the scheme, “A Beginner’s Guide to Grief”.
Exploring themes of death, grief and identity, this series is written by South Australian Anna Lindner. This 8 x 12 minute drama/comedy about 28-year-old Harriet Wylde, who returns to her home town in remote South Australia to care for two terminally ill parents. When both pass away within weeks of each other, she’s forced to face her ultimate fear: absolute aloneness. But when she reconnects with a dysfunctional childhood friend Daisy, Harriet discovers that grief doesn’t play by any rules and soon, neither will she.
Good luck to everyone who has been submitted!
12 projects were selected this year to be developed under the program, with a chance for up to 4 to continue along the path to production. This is a great initiative to get encourage new talent in the industry and increase the diversity of stories which make it to our screens.