Our 6×20 min TV series is a teen drama with a big emphasis on LGBTQI+ normality & inclusion. Written by teens, it’s the authentic voice of a generation. Literary Lethargy follows five diverse 17-yr-old students, thrown together in an extension English class. In an authentically raw & true tone, it explores the real issues surrounding teen life.
Directed & produced by mostly Boomers, it’s performed by an outstanding teen cast incl. Olivia Deeble (Disney’s Secret Society/Home & Away) Ed Oxenbould (Paper Planes/Wildlife) Celine Ajobong (Mustangs) & Oisin O’Leary (Australia’s youngest Drag act).
Demographic: 13-20 yr olds, parents of teens, people who care about & want to listen to youth telling their stories, the LGBTQI+ community, fans of great Aussie storytelling.
In development since the COVID half of 2020, due to cast restriction/availability, our filming window is Jan/Feb 2021. We have 80% of our series budget funded from our EP, but we have to raise the remaining 20% to get green-lit.
When co-creator/actor/producer Olivia Deeble came up with the idea, it was in response to a gruelling LA pilot season auditioning for American teen drama, where the only roles on offer were cookie-cutter high school stereotypes, rehashed for a millennial audience, but not one she could relate to. Desperate to see characters and dialogue that represented her peers & her life, she decided to write it herself.
Instead of voices that depict teen lives as some sort of ‘Hollywood fantasy’, this is a portrayal of the actual drama this generation is faced with, in a real, authentic and empathetic way, not an adult exercise in objectifying youth.
As our non-binary queer teen co-creator Luka says (click on the video above) ‘I have never seen someone like me on TV’. This isn’t a story about overcoming being gay, or your sexuality being your plot, this is the story of the issues, joys & drama that every teen faces.
Covering equipment costs-camera/lighting/grip departments, making the standard as high as possible. Hire-makeup/wardrobe bus/unit. Catering-trickier within COVID.
End result: The opportunity for this young generation to see themselves on screen from the perspective of someone living it in the now, in a professional, consumable format.
Support & interest in this has been fantastic: parents, teens, LGBTQI+ community, distributors & people who care about our youth voices. We just need the final financial support to get it on screen
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Youtube channel A.N.T (note there is diverse content here NOT related to project)
Casts’ social media pages
Once filming, cast & news at https://www.babybanksia.com.au/projects/literary-lethargy
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