‘While the Men are Away’ is a new dramedy series set in wartime Australia and filmed in NSW earlier this year. The show focusses on the experiences of two female land recruits sent from the city to help the war effort in a rural town. The women get a crash course in race relations, rural politics, spirituality, sex, and personal growth – oh, and farming.
Francesca (Michela De Rossi), is an Italian immigrant struggling to run her husband’s farm after he enlists (or does he?) “Frankie” is joined by Gwen (Max McKenna) and Esther (Jana Zvedeniuk), somewhat naive city-recruits of the Women’s Land Army to deliver the farm’s annual apple harvest. Helping Frankie is Aboriginal farmhand Kathleen (Phoebe Grainer), and conscientious objector Robert (Matt Testro).
The series is set to premiere on SBS and SBS On Demand at 8.30pm on Wednesday, September 27. The trailer looks great – well done to the 10 MCTV members who worked on this.
Looking forward to watching this one…